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Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham want Wolves winger Adama Traore

Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham are interested in the signature of Wolves winger Adama Traore. That is according to the Telegraph.

Liverpool have been linked with the 25-year-old in recent times. But Wolves have kept on to one of their star players over the years. He could, however, be gone next month. The January transfer window is already underway.

The potential move comes as Bruno Lage aims to bring in new talent to the club. But the manager does not have sufficient funds available to recruit new players. That means they could turn to the selling of Traore in a bid to raise money.

Is it time for Wolves to cash in?

Traore started his career off at Barcelona. But having failed to break into the first team, he made the switch to England to play for Aston Villa in 2015. Middlesbrough then came calling, before Wolves took a chance on the exciting attacker in 2018.

Since then, he has been a regular for the Premier League club. He has also earned a call up to the Spanish national team. Over the years, the footballing world has been witness to his special talents. Speed, agility and power have been crucial to his game.

Such characteristics have terrified defenders everywhere. But questions remain over his quality in the final third. And that is key when it comes to modern-day football, with clubs only seeking the very best when it comes to goals and assists. Traore has been short on both.

The attacker produced just five goals and 13 assists in 71 appearances for Middlesbrough. And for his current club, he has just ten goals and 18 assists in 150 games. He has yet to register a goal or assist in 19 appearances this season. The winger’s numbers definitely need to improve if he is to find a top club.

But that hasn’t prevented the likes of Tottenham and West Ham from reportedly showing interest.

Do Tottenham Hotspur need to strengthen going forward?

Antonio Conte has undoubtedly helped turn things around at Spurs. The club now sit sixth in the Premier League table. They are just two points off a spot in the top four.

The north London side have impressed defensively this season. But their goals scored tally is the worst among the top seven in the league table. Harry Kane hasn’t been himself. The striker has just four league goals to his name. It is Son Heung-Min who is providing the goods with eight goals.

Lucas Moura has also chipped in lately. But it is clear that another talented player would make their attacking lineup much stronger. Traore has the potential to be that player, particularly if he worked with a world-class manager like Conte.

West Ham, on the other hand, have been ruthless in front of goal. Their 37 goals scored is higher than the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United.

They may not need a forward as much as Spurs do. But Traore’s blistering pace is what sets him apart from other wingers. The Hammers do not currently have a player with such raw speed and strength. Traore would undoubtedly help David Moyes’ counter-attacking football.

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Peter Lynch

Sports Journalism graduate from the University of Stirling, huge Liverpool and Northern Ireland fan, currently working as a freelancer.

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