Hammers seek Traore loan deal

Sky sources understand that West Ham are interested in signing striker Lacina Traore on loan from Monaco.

Manager Sam Allardyce is hunting a new frontman in the transfer window as he prepares his side for a survival push in the second half of the campaign.

Andy Carroll's lengthy absence has left the Hammers short of a targetman and the 6'8" tall Traore would add some physical presence to their forward line.

Monaco only completed the signing of Traore on Saturday from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala for a fee thought to be 8.3 million, but he could soon be heading to east London.

The Hammers are yet to make a formal offer, but Monaco are thought to be willing to let the 23-year-old leave on loan for the rest of the season.

Traore caught the eye of Monaco after scoring 15 goals in 39 matches during an 18-month spell in Russia.