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West Ham open Monaco talks over Mbokani loan

West Ham United are in talks with AS Monaco for striker Dieumerci Mbokani.

The Daily Mail says the Hammers are trying to sign Mbokani on a five month loan deal.

The Congo international only joined Monaco from Standard Liege for £7million in the summer but has struggled to settle and is keen to kickstart his career with a switch to the Premier League. However, the problem could be obtaining a work permit.

Although Congo have a wealth of talent, and club side TP Mazembe reached the final of the Club World Cup against Inter Milan, the country is ranked a lowly 124th in the world and West Ham may have to go to an appeal.

Everton have monitored the 25-year-old for the past 18 months and may yet launch their own bid to sign him if other targets fall through but West Ham are in the driving seat.

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