Maiga has been something of a failure since he arrived at the Boleyn Ground from Sochaux in the summer of 2012.
The Malian forward arrived at the East London club on the back of a two-year spell that saw him register 24 goals in 59 games, but he failed to discover a similar run of goalscoring form when he switched France for the Premier League - netting just three goals in 31 games for the Hammers.
He made a short-term loan-switch to Championship side QPR in the second half of last season, but still found the net just once in eight games, and the club attempted to offload the 27-year-old over the summer, with no place in Sam Allardyce’s first-team plans guaranteed.
The Irons signed Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia prior to the start of the campaign, and their form in front of goal has further outcast Maiga, who joined Sakho’s former club Metz on loan for the duration of the season.
However, before the loan was agreed, the club attempted to pay-off the remaining two-years on Maiga’s contract, something that would have cost the club roughly £2 million, according to Claret and Hugh. Yet Metz made a move for the forward, and he has netted four times in nine games for the Ligue 1 side.
The French club have a clause in their loan deal to make the switch permanent in 2015 should they wish, but the Irons will consider offering Maiga the same pay-off deal should he return to the club at the end of the loan. With just one-year left on his contract in the summer of next year, the Hammers would be looking at a fee in the region of £800,000 for the £40,000-a-week striker.