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Traore on Hammers radar

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West Ham United are plotting an attempt to sign Chelsea forward Bertrand Traore following his impressive loan stint with Ajax last season.

The Burkina Faso international enjoyed a fruitful spell with the Amsterdam outfit last term as he bagged 14 goals across all competitions.

According to The Mirror, the Hammers are looking into a possible loan deal for Traore with the option to buy, should the Blues willing to offload their marksman.

Traore is currently valued at around £17m by the east London club, but their move could yet be scuppered by Everton, who want the striker in a part exchange deal for Romelu Lukaku.

The 21-year-old has not quite got a regular run-in in the Blues first-team, and his future appears bleak next season with Michy Batshuayi likely to be preferred ahead of him in the pecking order.

A temporary deal looks the best option for the highly-rated attacker, but Ronald Koeman's side are planning to take him as a makeweight for Lukaku.

Traore appeared in 16 outings for Chelsea during an average 2015/16 campaign where he notched four goals in the process.