By Will Butcher
David Gold has revealed that Diafra Sakho is only focused on playing for West Ham despite reportedly wanting to leave earlier this season.
The Sun claimed before the January transfer window that Sakho, 27, had been told by Hammers chiefs to earn an exit from the London Stadium with his displays on the pitch.
Sakho was also close to leaving the club last summer, with Sky Sports claiming that West Brom had agreed a fee for the Senegal international but a move failed to materialise.
However, co-owner Gold replied to a fan on his personal Twitter account stating that Sakho is “focused on playing for West Ham” and that “things change quickly in football”.
swear he didn't wanna play for us anymore though
— J O R D ∆ NИ. ⚒ (@Jordane2k17) February 20, 2017
@Jordannnnn_l7l Diafra Sakho is 27 and things change quickly in football, he is now focus on playing for WHUFC. dg pic.twitter.com/2QMWsRDAyA
— David Gold (@davidgold) February 21, 2017
Sakho has been sidelined for much of the Hammers’ disappointing 2016-17 campaign as he struggles to overcome a back injury.
The versatile forward has gone under the knife to correct the problem and is currently in the rehabilitation phase of recovering from the operation.
Making just two appearances this season, Sakho found the back of the net in November against Manchester United during a 1-1 Premier League draw but has failed to feature since then.
Sky Sports revealed immediately after Sakho had gone under the knife that he would be out for eight weeks, which would suggest that a return in early March is on the cards.
In other West Ham transfer news, this is why the Hammers should move for another Premier League striker.