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Ajax should jump at the chance to sell Lassina Traore to West Ham United or Wolverhampton Wanderers for £20 million, former Eredivisie ace Kenneth Perez has told Voetbalplaat.

Such a deal would certainly make sense from a financial perspective.

And, in this covid-afflicted, fan-less world, no club is in the position to turn down the chance to make a quick buck.

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After signing Sebastien Haller for a club record £20 million, De Telegraaf reports Traore could be heading in the other direction, earning Ajax a tidy profit on a player who joined from sister club Ajax Cape Town in 2019.

West Ham have joined Wolves in the race to sign the 19-year-old who, despite equalling an Eredivisie record with a stunning five-goal haul in that infamous 13-0 shellacking of VVV Venlo, has scored just twice in ten further league appearances in 2020/21.

“It would be gold if some crazy English club put down twenty million for Traore,” says Perez, a former Denmark international who had two spells at Ajax in the noughties. 

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“That wouldn’t surprise me. Then we have Haller’s money back.”

Although the sample size is small, Traore certainly looks a natural-born, penalty-box poacher – more so than the often exasperating Haller anyway.

The teenager is a strong, physical, somewhat old-school centre-forward who’s at his most dangerous in the six-yard box, attacking crosses like a hungry tiger shark.

Aaron Cresswell, Adama Traore and co would surely create plenty of chances for Traore if he leaves the Amsterdam finishing school for England this month.

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