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After a reported transfer to Newcastle fell through in January, the 24-year-old Mali international centre forward is closing in on a £4.5m move to the Premier League

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has confirmed that the club are in negotiations with Ligue 1 side Sochaux over a possible move for striker Modibo Maiga.

The manager has made no secret of his desire to strengthen his forward line over the summer, with moves for Andy Carroll and Dimitar Berbatov touted but doubted, and now the 24-year-old appears to be edging closer to the Premier League.

The Mali international has notched a respectable 24 goals in 59 Ligue 1 matches for his current side since joining the club from Lens two years ago and it is believed that he would cost West Ham around £4.5 million, although Allardyce admits that the deal is not complete yet.

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“At the moment that is progressing,” he told Sky Sports. “That is going forward as we speak but is a little way off being clinched.”

Maiga almost signed for Newcastle in January, with a fee of £7m reportedly agreed with Sochaux, but the move is thought to have broken down when the forward failed his medical, with the Magpies eventually signing Papiss Cisse from Freiburg instead.

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