West Ham United are plotting a swoop for Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore, according to reports in the North East.
The Northern Echo is reporting that Adama Traore is a top target for the Hammers this month as David Moyes assesses his attacking options.
Traore was a target for the Hammers in the summer transfer window but West Ham opted to sign Marko Arnautovic instead.
The Austrian has turned out to be a masterstroke with a string of fantastic performances after a slow start to life in East London.
Traore is renowned for his pace but is also frustratingly inconsistent.
The former Barcelona wonderkid has plenty of talent but he needs to improve his end product.
But in recent games under Tony Pulis, the 21-year-old has come to the fore and really impressed.
His work rate has gone up and he is doing the defensive side of a winger’s job, although his end product is still lacking somewhat.
West Ham are hoping to tap into the former Aston Villa man’s potential and make him a better player with the offer of Premier League football.
If a bid for Traore fails, West Ham will make a move for Newcastle United winger Christian Atsu, according to this report.