According to the Sun, West Ham knocked back loan offers from Newcastle AND Everton for Senegalese striker Diafra Sakho over the weekend.
We are in desperate need of another option up top and it seems the Spaniard made an unsuccessful enquiry for the out of favour West Ham man over the weekend (if the Sun is to be believed that is!).
Here’s a snippet from Alan Nixon’s exclusive:
“Newcastle have also asked about taking Sakho on loan as Rafa Benitez wrestles with a limited budget — but the Toon chief has been turned down.”
The 28-year-old is currently third choice with the Hammers (behind Hernandez and Caroll), being yet to start a league game for them all season – with wingers Antonio and Arnautovic even being preferred to him up top at times.
With alleged interest in the likes of Islam Slimani, Danny Ings, Daniel Sturridge and Troy Deeney all appearing to be going nowhere fast in recent weeks, Sakho does fit the bill as far as a Premier League striker in need of game time is concerned. Whether he’d have been the answer to our problems is another matter however.
He scored 12 goals in his debut season in England, but has since suffered several injuries – although he does have 4 goals to his name this season despite limited game time (a tally that’d make him joint top scorer at NUFC!)
If he stayed fit, he could’ve been decent option on loan, but we need someone we can rely on in the second half of the season and it’s hard to know if Sakho would’ve been that man based on recent form/fitness.