Modibo Maiga Signs For West Ham

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Great news, West Ham have confirmed 24-year-old Modibo Maiga has joined The Hammers for an undisclosed fee, signing  a four-year contract with an option for a further two years.

Maiga, who is a Mali international, can play as a striker or on the wing and scored 24 league goals in the last two seasons in Ligue 1.

Speaking to Maiga said:

“I am really happy and excited about joining West Ham United,” said Maiga. “I know West Ham are a big club in England and I’m really looking forward to representing them. They have huge tradition and it is like joining part of a family and that is one of the main reasons I wanted to come here.

“I know some of the big names that have played for the club in the past and I am proud to be part of a new team back in the Premier League.”

Lets hope this is the first of some quality signings for West Ham.

What do you guys think? Good signing? Who should we be looking for next?

Allardyce: No Carroll, No Berbatov, Maiga Hopefully

Sam Allardyce was on SkySports earlier and has said the club have give up on Andy Carroll as nothing much was going on, and that the Berbatov link was pure speculation and West Ham haven’t even spoke to Manchester United about him.

Regarding Carroll, Allardyce told SkySports:

“I think that we’re not in a situation where we can secure a deal with Andy or Liverpool at the moment.

“We talked to them, we had some negotiation. But at the moment there is nothing progressing forward on Andy coming to West Ham.

“We’ll just leave it as it is and move on with other players, as we have been doing on a daily basis through the summer.”

He also put to bed the rumour that Berbatov was Upton Park bound:

“That’s pure speculation in the media. I haven’t had any contact with Sir Alex.

“There was a statement from Dimitar saying he’s available for £5million. Everybody knows we’re looking for a striker so they say we’re in for him, but I’ve not had any conversations with Sir Alex.”

However, on a brighter note he did confirm that the deal for Modibo Maiga is progressing and that the club were working towards tying a deal up.

West Ham Move For Maiga

According to SkySports West Ham have made a move to sign Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga.

Rumours earlier this week suggested West Ham were chasing the highly rated Mali international whose move to Newcastle fell apart last season.

West Ham now look to have stole a march on their rivals for the strikers signature with Stoke and Reading rumoured to be interested.

£4 Million is the price being touted with the striker expected in England next week to finalise a deal if the rumours are true.

 Check him out in a video here.

Friday Transfer Update

Not much to bring you today as it’s been a bit quite the last few days regarding inbound transfers, but here are the main rumours circling the web today.

William Gallas

The Sun reports that Tottenham’s veteran could be on this way out of White Hart Lane and pitching up at Upton Park.

Gallas, who is 34, would be available on a free transfer and is deemed surplus to requirements at WHL. This is backed up by the fact the club have been trying to sign Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen. 

Sam Allardyce has been desperate to add more experience and options at centre back since the club has been promoted.

Clarence Seedorf

Not sure about this one personally but, The Sun are also reporting the Dutch legend that is Clarence Seedorf is also wanted by Big Sam, who is a long-term admirer of the veteran midfielder.

Seedorf, who is now 36, has made it clear he would like to play in the Premier League before retiring.

Modibo Maiga

The Daily Mail is suggesting West Ham have made a £5million bid for Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga.

However, it looks like we will have a fight on our hands with Southampton and Stoke who are also rumoured to be interested in the forward.