By Harvey Byrne
West Ham co-owner David Gold has confirmed that new attacker signing Sead Haksabanovic will not be with the squad as they travel to face Manchester United on Sunday.
The 18-year-old left midfielder completed a move to east London earlier in the week for a reported £2.7million from Swedish club Halmstads Bollklubb.
There is high expectations around the Montenegro international and many fans were hoping to get an early look at him in their season opener at Old Trafford.
However, Gold replied to a fan via his personal Twitter account stating that Haksabanovic would not be with the travelling squad, but he hoped the long-term injured Diafra Sakho would be able to make a return.
No Sead is not in the squad but I'm hoping Diafra Sakho will travel. dg https://t.co/BkihpJTGeb
— David Gold (@davidgold) August 12, 2017
Haksabanovic has previously played 70 times for the Halmstads first team, while he has also been capped once at senior international level for Montenegro.
However, a match against Manchester United may have been too challenging for the youngster and while supporters are keen to see their club hand youth a chance they may understand Slaven Bilic’s decision on this one.
Sakho, meanwhile has not played for West Ham since a clash against Everton in April, but he will certainly be hoping to make his return at Old Trafford, which is where his last Hammers goal came in November.