Modibo Maiga is close to a move back to Sochaux after failing to make an positive impact since his £4.8million move to the Boleyn Ground in July 2012, according to SportsDirect News.

The 26-year-old Mali international has only managed four goals in 27 appearances for the Hammers since arriving in London and has failed to successfully fill the void left my the injured Andy Carroll this season.

And his West Ham career looks to be over as the club actively seek to get him off the club’s wage bill and make way for a reliable replacement when the January transfer window opens.

A source close to West Ham told SportsDirect News: “It’s been a disaster. We have a near £5million striker who can’t score, Mladen Petric and Carlton Cole who haven’t shone and a number one striker whose return is uncertain.

“We thought originally that if Andy Carroll is back we may not need a second striker but that view is changing.”

It is believed Sochaux would jump at the chance to take Maiga back and the Hammers may settle for around £1million to allow him to leave London, while St. Etienne are also thought to be interested.