Filed: Monday, 16th July 2012
By: Staff Writer
Modibo Maiga has arrived in London to rubber-stamp his move to West Ham.
The Malian forward, who is set to cost United up to £7million arrived in the capital late this afternoon before being whisked away to a hotel where he will be staying ahead of meeting with Hammers chiefs and undergoing a medical.
The 24-year-old forward, who currently plays for French Ligue 1 club Sochaux began his footballing career in his home country with Stade Malien before moving to Moroccan club Raja CA Casablanca in 2004.
Having been part of the Arab Champions League-winning side when Casablanca beat Egyptian outfit ENPPI Club 2-1 in 2006, Maiga moved to France when Le Mans came calling in 2007.
Following three years with MUC 72, he was signed by current club Sochaux, for whom he scored 15 goals in his first season.
A year ago last month Maiga looked set to move to Newcastle but he eventually failed a medical ahead of a £7million deal. Having returned to France he went on to score another 15 goals last season as he helped Les Lionceaux to fifth place in Ligue 1.
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12:36PM 18th Jul 2012
''Not sure about this one... I can only hope. Apparently he should have signed for Newcastle in January but didnt because of a dodgy knee. Sounds familiar to a certain Demba Ba, surely we cant pull off that sort of coup twice... Oohh please!''
04:08PM 17th Jul 2012
''The lad's stats at Sochaux look decent enough but as with many players it remains to be seen if he could adapt to the PL style. £7m is quite a gamble for us and frankly I'd rather see our resources used to attract a proven PL goalscorer to Upton Park, the papers have linked us to Carroll and Berbatov who would both tick this box but a certain Michael Owen is available on a free and I think he would be a better option to have on the bench.''
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