West Ham in talks with Sochaux striker Maiga, confirms Allardyce

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

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

The 57-year-old 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 Mali international appears to be edging closer to the Premier League.

The 24-year-old 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 pounds, although Allardyce admits that the deal is not complete yet.

“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 8.9 million euros reportedly agreed with Sochaux, but the move is thought to have broken down when the forward failed his medical, and the Magpies eventually signed Papiss Cisse from Freiburg instead.

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