Video: Traore analysed as Irons close in


With the bookies suspending betting on Adam Traore joining West Ham we thought it miht be the moment to take a look at the speedy Middlesbrough winger.

The 21 year old Spaniard has been on the Irons radar for some time and the club have admitted to Claretandhugh that he is among those they have been tracking.

His arrival could see the end of Sofiane Feghouli or Robert Snodgrass’ spell at the club and we understand that a fee of around £7 million could be on the cards.

Take a look here at a player who could well become the second Irons signing of the summer in action against Swansea last season.

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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:

    ‘West Ham close in…’ very, very slowly!

    • Roman says:

      Like Mark His pace will scare quite a few in our current ranks.

    • kevin says:

      It’s all down to Agents and contracts and money . Slow slow quick quick slow . If we get the player we are plying for it doesn’t matter .

  • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

    So how long has this move dragged on for then Micheal.You seem to have the inside track.I mean the window only opened a week or two ago 😁

  • Chedylan says:

    Lets get another attacking player who doesnt score. I dont think he is an improvement on ferghouli.

    • kevin says:

      Attacking players are not necessarily Strikers , Chedylan . More like attacking midfielders.
      Which is also something we desperately need .

  • Mr Buddy Lurve says:

    I remember thinking he was one of the only bright sparks in a dull Middlebrough team this season, and hoped we would consider him. Makes sense to get Traore in and sell Snodgrass, who hasn’t been at the races and whose body language doesn’t inspire confidence. Feghouli has needed time to grow into the league and has shown not only signs of competence, but also a desire and willingness to work hard to improve. With Antonio, Lanzini, Traore and Feghouli able to operate on the wings, I think it bodes well.

  • Farnerud says:

    Great signing. He’s fast, attacking and intelligent. A huge HUGE improvement on snodgrass, who hopefully we have a buyer for.

    • John says:

      Agree mate. That video is one game. He did more in 90 mins than some in a season. Defenders were shytting themselves.

  • Tel Boy says:

    I was up at the riverside for our win last season and this boy had us on toast for parts of that game.He embaressed some of our players,they didnt have a clue what to do with him.You will never please everyone though.

  • Chedylan says:

    He doesn’t score

    That’s a concern.

    If Snodgrass goes then fair enough.

  • John Rippengale says:

    I like the look of this player, he has good pace, and likes to get forward, his lack of goals, would be a concern, but Snodgrass( maybe hasn’t settled?) Feghouli haven’t exactly been troubling the scoreboard.
    But Traore could be an exciting prospect.
    Not sure of his assist record?
    Sign in up.

  • Hammer64 says:

    Don’t trust my memory on this but I think I saw him in a to game last season. They came up with a star that basically he was a brilliant dribbler but rubbish at producing an end product. Perhaps Tel Boy’s comments support that? He ran rings around us at times but we still won I am a bit dubious anyway that this is a priority position. But yes maybe if Snodgrass is heading for the exit. At least he might add a bit of excitement …

  • Hammer64 says:

    Predictive text! That sounds like I am ****ed- even I am not often bladdered at 11am! Should have been a TV game where they quoted a STAT.

  • John says:

    I’m quite excited by this lad. He looks a real handful and at £8M an absolute bargain if he works out. Can’t believe Doctor Doom and Mr Gloom are writing him off already. He is, perhaps, one of our signings, not the signing! He’s not a Sullivan punt, Billic will have said he wants him. Quite rightly they see more in him than him playing in a pss poor Boro side. If I read “he has pace but no end product” again I will scream. One person says it, every one repeats. I’ll bet half haven’t even seen him.

    If we have Zabblatta and Traore in before the end of June then I’m well happy. More will follow.

  • Tel Boy says:

    Without meaning to be contentious or arguementative as im only putting this out there but what do some of you want??
    You dont want players released by bigger clubs as they are ridiculously termed cast offs or rejects.You dont want foreign players with no premier league experience as they are untested,dont want players from the champo or lower leagues as they wont be good enough.
    I really am at a total loss who we are ment to sign.And to top it off many fans who dont want these players then harp on about giving the kids a chance.Of which none of them meet the criterias set out by these fans.
    Im just saying becausd it baffles me…..

  • kevin says:

    I think Traore would be a very good signing . You only need to see his pace and ball control to be convinced . He may not score but , that can depend on the team you play for and how you are utilized . I have seen loads of chances laid off by Him and his companions failing to tuck it away . He is undoubtedly an exciting player and would open up defenses .
    Snodgrass Out & Traore In , imo . I see no harm whatsoever in signing him up .
    Hard to accuse West Ham’s recruitment team of being slow with only a few weeks gone in the window . We need to be careful not to make a repeat of last season .
    Some teams , it seems to me , are buying too early and spending too much . Glad to see that the Giroud speculation is grinding to a halt . Slowly slowly catchy monkey .

  • RayStewartsRightPeg says:

    We all got excited at the prospect of Enner Valencia…

    • kevin says:

      But Enner Valencia is a decent player ! ., Ray .

      • RayStewartsRightPeg says:

        He may have talent but EV’s just not consistent enough. We know that, and Everton know that.

        Ask any Boro fans about this kid and they’ll tell you…fantastic at times, but frustratingly inconsistent at times too…

        • HammerHeadz says:

          Actually that’s not what my Boro mate said, he said he’s a raw talent that will only get better

  • GW says:

    Hope he’s that talented he can provide a 10mile cross to the treatment table in rush green for the Poppodom and Sacko to attack 😆😆

  • RayStewartsRightPeg says:

    On the positive side I’m glad we’re being more realistic on the type of players we’re going for.

    Some of last Summer’s targets were way beyond where we currently are. Southampton always seem to unearth a few hidden gems and match them with talented youngsters. I just don’t get why we’re so scared to give some youth a proper chance alongside one or two experienced heads.

    • GW says:

      Ray couldn’t really care about anyone’s age as long as they put a shift in and deliver on the pitch 😀 With the emphasis on actually being on the pitch in the first place would be good as well 😀😀

  • chickenrunflainsta says:

    This Traore is useless – he is fast but has no end product. He didn’t produce at Villa and had one good game against Swansea for Boro – both clubs were relegated.

    Everton sign Pickford and we go for this muppet! If all we want is someone with pace then I reckon Usain Bolt would be a better bet.

    Looks like we are in for another rubbish transfer window where the Dave’s give it the mouth about big signings ahead of season tickets sales and then sign bang average players like this.

    I wish we had owners that just kept quiet and then delivered with signings like Everton. Stop trying to grab the limelight and seem like one of us – stay off Twitter and deliver some quality first team players instead of cheap options.

  • Tel Boy says:

    One good game for boro against Swansea?
    I take it you were not with us at The Riverside when he made us look stupid for periods of the game.
    But yes i will take your word for it as you seem so well informed about Traore then Chickenflannelista.

    Im not the owners number one fan but i also havnt see much mouth from them this summer.I think you are still living in the summer of 16.

  • Trevez85 says:

    I like him and felt he could be one for us. So much pace down the wings with Antonio & Traore.
    Just remember Assists stats only tell some of the story. Assist stats are only notched up if team mates convert the chances created. Understandably low given he played in relegation team that played defensive football all season. Yes there’s improvement needed there but his dribbling was by far and away his best asset – can beat players all day long.

  • JRS says:

    He is fast but lacks finishing think he would be q decent buy and to work with on finishing bc his speed did cause defenders issues last season.
    But he is a right winger which we have Antonio Feghouli and Ayew still we need a left winger which hopefully Henry O can help there and up front I’d we land him.
    If we had plenty of money to spend I would say brilliant.
    But Apparently Bilix does not think he needs another CB and without Ox unless he keep Rice up we only have 4 CBs 2 over 30 and 1 with massive injury problems. So I think that £8m would have been better spent on a CB. Which we will need esp playing 3 at back.
    Then a striker 2 strikers who can finish where first then A creative player. Not that Everton signed Klassan we should be all in on Gylfi. And then a CB and maybe GK I like Vorm.
    So depends if it hurts our buying in other more important areas. 2 Strikers, creative or left Winger and CB should be top 4

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