By Harvey Byrne
Crystal Palace have joined the race to sign £15million-rated West Ham striker Diafra Sakho, according to a report.
The Mirror claim that Selhurst Park boss Alan Pardew is looking to strengthen his forward line after his side struggled for goals last season and he’s targeted Sakho as the man to improve his side.
It is said that West Ham are holding out for £15million for the 26-year-old striker.
The Senegalese star reportedly wants to leave Upton Park after he had refused to go on the club’s pre-season tour of Austria. The Eagles are believed to have joined Sunderland, West Brom and Swansea in chasing him.
Sakho was the subject of an £11million bid from Premier League rivals Sunderland, but it is understood that the east London club want £15million for the striker, who joined in the summer of 2014 and signed a four-year contract.
Current Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce brought the forward to the English game two years ago while in charge at West Ham, costing £3.5million to secure his services from FC Metz.
The Senegalese striker impressed during his stay in France, winning the Ligue 2 division in 2013/14 and being named the Player of the Year in that season due to his 20 goals.
Since his move to England he has 44 appearances to his name and has scored a respectable 15 goals in that time.
In other West Ham transfer news, Fiorentina are looking to sell Hammers target Khouma Babacar this summer.