Cheikhou Kouyate has signed a lucrative new West Ham contract

By Harvey Byrne

West Ham co-owner David Gold has shared that the Hammers could be boosted by the return of Cheikhou Kouyate for their weekend clash against Southampton.

The 27-year-old defensive minded player was part of the Senegal side which were knocked out of the African Cup of Nations via penalties against Cameroon on Saturday evening.

Gold shared on his personal Twitter account after the result that Kouyate would be returning in the next few days, meaning it is likely that he will miss Wednesday’s clash with Manchester City.

However, the businessman revealed that he could be available for their fixture on the south coast this coming Saturday.

“Senegal lost to Cameroon on penalties so Papi Cheikhou should be returning in the next few days,” wrote Gold before sharing that he is likely to face the Saints.

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Kouyate has starred in 23 fixtures for the east London club this season in all competitions from his more reserved position.

He has missed the Hammers last three encounters in all competitions, which saw two league victories alongside a heavy 5-0 FA Cup defeat against Manchester City.

He will now be looking to find his way back into the team as soon as possible and help Slaven Bilic’s men improve on their 10th placing in the table.

In other West Ham team news, the Hammers have been suffered a huge blow with key player set to miss the rest of the season.

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