By Will Butcher

Diafra Sakho will remain at West Ham only if Slaven Bilic gives him assurances on his playing time, according to the striker’s agent.

Sakho has had a frustrating season in which he made only 18 Premier League starts and scored five goals, and was frequently hampered by injury.

Reported by HITC, Sakho’s agent Mark McKay stated that the Senegal international must be promised playing time if he is to remain at the Olympic Stadium.

The Hammers have publicly made it clear that they are in the market for a new striker and have tabled bids for the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Michy Batshuayi.

“He wants to know where his future lies.” Mckay said of Sakho, in an interview with Sky Sports as cited by HITC. “West Ham we all know are looking for that top, top striker, and Diafra’s just a bit concerned that after they find that top striker what’s his place in the team going to be?”

The former Metz striker suffered a thigh injury during the turn of the year and during this time lost his place to Andy Carroll, who took advantage of the vacant role in the team with a strong spell of form that even prompted talk of a Euro 2016 call-up for England.

West Ham and Sunderland have been credited with a strong interest in signing Sakho during the summer window.

In other West Ham news, Bilic is looking to raid his old side Besiktas for a third time.