West Ham awaiting uk work permit decision on Traore

10 Jan 2014 | Posted by Carl Thomas

West Ham United are waiting for a decision regarding their application for a UK work permit for Côte d’Ivoire national, Lacina Traore.

The player has been involved in deal rumours with West Ham just days after signing for Monaco. He signed a four and a half year deal with the french club last week after moving from Anzhi Makhachkala.

However, he is now going through the recruitment process with West Ham and waiting to see what the outcome of a UK work permit hearing to be held early next week will be. If successful the deal could see the Monaco player immediately loaned to West Ham.

Traore has been capped seven times for the Ivory Coast and scored a total of four goals. Meanwhile, in 24 Russian League games last season he netted 12 goals, along with five goals in the 12 Europa League games he played.

UK work permit regulations mean that the FA needs to endorse a player from outside the European Economic Area before the applicant will be put forward to the Home Office for final approval. The FA is essentially required to consider whether or not a player is of the highest calibre and if they would bring significant contributions to the top level of football in Britain.