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Allardyce: Traore deal dead

Filed: Saturday, 18th January 2014
By: Staff Writer

Sam Allardyce has admitted that the deal to sign Lacina Traore is almost certainly dead in the water.

Allardyce, speaking after West Ham's disappointing 3-1 reversal at home to Newcastle this afternoon told reporters that any deal is now "unlikely" after another unnamed club, known to be Everton, came in for the player.

"I had a terrible day yesterday when I found out that one player I thought was signing for us wasn't," he said.

And on the question of obtaining a work permit, he added: "They [Everton] can apply for a work permit like we did, they have to do a second application. Obviously if we got it they know they can get it."

Everton are thought to have signed Traore on loan for the rest of the season with view to an extra year should all parties agree. We'll have more from Allardyce's post-match press conference later...

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