According to the Daily Mail, David Moyes will allow West Ham’s Diafra Sakho to leave this month, with the Senegalese striker now said to be ‘pushing for a move’ to Newcastle, Swansea or West Brom as he looks to remain in England.
Crystal Palace agreed a £10m deal to sign Sakho, however the Mail reveal that this move has hit an impasse, leaving him to look elsewhere in a bid to secure a Premier League move.
It was suggested at the time of Palace’s bid that ourselves and West Brom were ready ‘hijack’ his move to Selhurst Park, with Sky Sports since claiming that West Ham would be happy to include him in a swap deal for Chancel Mbemba.
New claims today from the Mail suggest Sakho is set to leave the Hammers, with ourselves, Swansea or West Brom now looking his most likely destination:
“Apart from Diafra Sakho, David Moyes has little desire to let any players leave without lining up replacements first. His priority is to add midfielders and at least one defender.
“Sakho is pushing for a move away to Newcastle, Swansea or West Brom as a move to Crystal Palace remains at an impasse.”
It remains to be seen whether we may make a permanent or loan move to bring him to Tyneside (loan seems more likely), however his wage packet is believed to be just £30,000 – meaning he’d certainly seem an affordable option in that respect:
Diafra Sakho wants to leave West Ham because he feels he's undervalued compared to other forwards at the club. Sakho is on £30,000 a week, others are on up to £110,000 a week
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) January 15, 2018
His injury record is dubious, but if he kept fit, the 27-year-old striker would be a very decent option for us to up top. His fitness is a big concern, however.
We are in desperate need of another option up top, and whilst the potential signing of Sakho would not be on the top of most fans’ list, he would give us something different.