Thursday, July 19

This is the Modibo world

The Irons have signed Mali international striker Modibo Maiga from FC Sochaux-Montbeliard for a reported £4.7 million. It's good news that we've got someone in, as Andy Carroll was very unlikely to sign, though Maiga represents something of a gamble. We've signed him on a four-year-deal despite the fact he failed a medical at Newcastle in January because of a suspect knee. Mind you, Demba Ba failed a medical at Stoke and he did all right for us. Anyone on Newcastle's scouting radar, run by Alan Carr's dad Graham, tends to be high quality, though the lad appears top have some attitude issues, having briefly gone on strike to try and force through a move to St James's Park. He is apparently pacey and can also play on the wing, which is another option for away matches. Modibo is the second West Ham player to come from Mali, following Freddie Kanoute, who sometimes looked as if he was playing on a sun lounger but was a fine player. Modibo joins fellow new signings Diame, McCartney, Henderson and Jaaskelainen.

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