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The Hammers are ready to send the Mali striker on loan to QPR as they bid to make room on their wage bill after handing Carlton Cole a £25,000-per-week contract extension

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By Harry Sherlock

West Ham are ready to take a £4 million hit on striker Modibo Maiga in a bid to remove him from their wage bill, Goal has learned.

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Queens Park Rangers are leading the chase for Maiga, who has failed to make an impact at Upton Park since joining from French side Sochaux for around £5m in 2012.

Goal can reveal that agents are working on a deal which would see Maiga sent out on loan to Loftus Road, with the Rs able to make the move permanent for just £1m at the end of the season.

The 26-year-old has scored just once in 14 Premier League appearances this term and is now set to be offloaded, with the Hammers needing to make room in their pay structure after handing Carlton Cole a new deal understood to be in the region of £25,000-per-week.

Cole, who was released by the Hammers last summer, was re-signed on a short-term deal in October and the club confirmed earlier on Wednesday that he has signed an 18-month extension.

Manager Sam Allardyce is also close to recruiting Monaco's Ivory Coast striker Lacina Traore on loan, meaning Maiga will be moved on.

QPR boss Harry Redknapp is keen on the Mali international as he looks to bolster his promotion-chasing squad.

A source said: “It simply hasn’t worked out for Modibo and it would be wise for us all to kick on in new directions.

“There is definite interest from QPR and, as is the case with all loan deals, we will be looking to put him out until the end of the season, with QPR being offered the chance to make the move permanent in the summer.”

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