West Ham's lucky escape? - Everton boss confirms 'long period of time' injured for loanee

Lacina Traore

Roberto Martinez has confirmed Lacina Traore has suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury and is out for a while. West Ham must be pleased they didn't sign him now.

Some managers got the January transfer window spot on, Steve Bruce take a bow, others got it wrong - Arsene Wenger we are looking at you.

But Roberto Martinez also has much to answer to.

Everton made just one move of note in the winter window - strengthening their striking options with a switch for Ivorian striker Lacina Traore of AS Monaco.

The giant striker had only just joined the French club from Anzhi Makhachkala - but they decided to send him out on loan until the end of the season.

And Everton got him after sneaking up on West Ham.

The Hammers did a medical, got a work permit, did all the nitty gritty to tie up a deal and then Traore hop-footed it to Goodison off the cuff - it was a move that left Sam Allardyce seething.

So we will allow Big Sam a Cheshire Cat grin this week - after Everton boss Roberto Martinez stated this to the official website:

“It is going to take a long period of time, which at this stage of the season will be a big miss. It will be weeks rather than months. It’s a really disappointing outcome. He was ready and had been working really hard since he arrived at the club. It is a soft tissue injury in the hamstring very similar to a previous injury he had."

Traore arrived at the club carrying a hamstring injury - so it was a surprise to see wither Premier League side showing considered interest in him.

Traore made a recovery - and went on to score against Swansea City in the FA Cup. But in the warm-up before the Chelsea game last weekend he tweaked it again - and fans won’t see him in action until the end of March.

Last January Everton pulled the plug on a deal to sign Leroy Fer over medical concerns. That decision was considered nanny-like by many - and over cautious.

This time round they took a risk and it has not paid off.

Meanwhile Big Sam will be happy counting the money he saved on what is looking like a dud deal.

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