Fears that Lacina Traore can be stolen away from West Ham should contract talks fail are baseless!
The 6ft 8 in striker received his work permit from the Home Office solely in order to play for West Ham and nobody else.
Legally, an organisation has to ‘sponsor’ a worker coming into this country and the work permit is granted to them …and them alone.
Thus, as Traore’s sole sponsor the striker must play for the Irons and there is no chance that the work permit can be taken up by any other club.
Welcome to the east end Lacina!