Traore ‘permit’ problem may let Lambert in!

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West Ham have today revealed that they are “talking to agents” about the possibility of bringing giant striker Lacina Traore (pictured left)  into Upton Park.
But top level long term Claretandhugh sources admit that there are “work permit issues” involved which has involved them in also holding discussions with Southampton which could see Rickie Lambert making a permanent move to the club.
The Saints want £6 million permanent deal for the England striker but the Irons would prefer to study other options before committing the cash on a 32 year old with little sell-on value.
Traore has been on the club’s radar for a while and our source said: “A loan deal for the lad would suit us better but there are obvious work permit difficulties.
“He has not completed the 75 per cent international qualification requirement so we would need to plead a special case which isn’t always easy.”
This was precisely as Claretandhugh reported the situation last week when news of a possible deal first broke and the club source agreed today that they could not afford a prolonged work permit fight.
He said: “That would take our eye off the ball elsewhere. He’s a player we like and we would like to do a deal but there are obvious complications in that area. That’s why the talks for Rickie Lambert are ongoing.”
“Traore might be the best way forward for us at the moment but we’ll have to see how that pans out over the next few days.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Michael Miller says:

    Lambert all day long!

  • Plaistow says:

    It’ll be interesting how much Lambert is valued in any potential deal – fee, wages, length of contract. How much is a PL goalscorer worth? £1m a goal?

  • IrishHammer says:

    Lambert won’t be coming, too old for the money Southampton want. He could end up being another Benny McCarthy

  • Plaistow says:

    The figures quoted by the media are a transfer fee of £8m with wages of £65-70k/wk. I cannot seeus going for that… but a 2.5yr deal on say £65k/wk plus signing fee and a £6m transfer fee would equate to a total cost of around £8m. £6m spread over a 2.5yr contract isn’t that bad IF he could perform for the length of the contract. He’d be 34 at the end of the contract, it’s not like we’ve never had players of that age before!
    I do think we all get a little too focused on the transfer fee… it’s the ongoing costs that have to be looked at and whether the player is cost effective. How much are GOALS worth?

    • Hugh5outhon1895 says:

      Well put – I’ve argued that for a long time. They really want a loan – Traore – as the Lambert deal is a “must be permanent” thing and the club wanna study their wider options in the summer. But don’t rule a deal out competely

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