By Danny Wright
Diafra Sakho has confessed on transfer deadline day that he wants to quit West Ham and return to playing in France.
Sky Sports claimed in their live transfer blog on Wednesday [02:32pm] that Sakho, 27, had passed a medical to join Ligue 1 side Rennes in a deal worth £9million.
However in a stunning turn of events, Hammers co-owner David Gold made it clear on his personal Twitter account that the Senegalese striker is “not for sale” as he is an “integral” part of Slaven Bilic’s squad.
Diafra Sakho is not for sale in this transfer window he is an integral part of our first team squad and will play a part in our recovery. dg pic.twitter.com/wtBNB8H2D5
— David Gold (@davidgold) August 30, 2017
Ex-Metz former Sakho has now spoken out about the deadline day drama and has surprisingly revealed that he is set on switching back across the English Channel ahead of Thursday night’s cut-off despite Golds’ comments.
“I have had a frustrating time for the past couple of seasons. I want a fresh start and I want to get back to playing regular football,” said Sakho, as quoted by Sky Sports on their live transfer blog on Thursday [12:35pm].
“I have got no issues with West Ham or West Ham fans. This is purely a footballing decision. I want to go back to France.”
It remains to be seen whether or not the wantaway striker will get his wish before the 11pm deadline on Thursday after Gold addressed that he wants him to remain in east London.
Sakho has endured a tough year at the London Stadium having only played four times across all competitions last season due to an ongoing back injury which scuppered a £16million switch to West Brom in 2016 when he failed a medical.
Sky Sports reported earlier on Wednesday that Lorient striker Abdul Majeed Waris was in London undergoing talks with the Premier League side, with Sakho on the verge of exiting.
Football Insider Verdict
West Ham need to get this sorted as soon as possible. It’s ridiculous that this has only come up at this point of the summer and should have been nipped it in bud months ago by Bilic, Gold and David Sullivan. As a result, the Hammers will be worse off. They’ll either have a striker in their squad who doesn’t want to be there or they will sell him and bring in Waris who is by no means a better player. The transfer window looked very promising for West Ham supporters. Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic all looked to be good signings. But after no wins in three league games and only Hernandez looking to be anywhere near up to scratch, this season could be a distaster.