By Harvey Byrne

West Ham forward Diafra Sakho has taken up an unconventional way of returning to fitness, following a back injury.

The 26-year-old striker was linked with a move to Premier League rivals West Brom in the summer, but the injury stopped a move from completing.

However, Hammers medical chief Stijn Vandenbroucke has provided an update on the injured forward, revealing that Sakho has taken up running up and down the stairs at the London stadium.

It is claimed that he has also taken up skipping to fall alongside the running and that he is now ready to take the next stage by increasing his training.

The east London side have suffered a bit of an injury crisis in attack in the new campaign, with Andy Carroll and new signing Andre Ayew also suffering injuries.

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However, it is said that the attacking duo are making good progress and the pair have both started running again.

Slaven Bilic brought in twelve new players in the summer, which includes striker trio Ashley Fletcher, Jonathan Calleri and Simone Zaza, with the east London side well stocked upfront.

They also allowed senior forward Enner Valencia leave for Premier League rivals Everton on loan, with Bilic believing his side can handle the loss of the Ecuador international.

In other West Ham team news, the club’s midfielder has won an award after a brilliant start to the campaign.