By Tony Hughes

West Ham are ready to sell Diafra Sakho in the January window but he needs to get back into the team to impress suitors, according to a report.

The Sun claim the Senegal international has been told by club chiefs to play his way out of the London Stadium.

It is said Sakho, 26, wants either an improved contract from West Ham or a January transfer.

The striker has not yet played for West Ham this season after struggling with a back problem in the wake of his failed move to West Brom in the summer.

Sakho was given permisssion to hold talks with Tony Pulis’ side and had agreed terms before the deal collapsed amid reports that he failed a medical.

The unsettled striker is currently training with the Under-23 squad as part of his final rehab from a back problem.

He is targeting the Hammers’ Premier League clash against Spurs on 19 November as his first game of the season.

“Diafra wants either a better contract or a move,” a West Ham insider told the Sun. “He is unlikely to get a pay rise and the best way for him to get more money is to move. And to do that he needs to play games and score goals.”

Sakho joined West Ham from French club Metz in the summer of 2014 and has scored 19 goals in 50 matches for the London outfit.

In other West Ham transfer news, the club are lining up a January loan for a 110-cap Spain international.