By Danny Wright
Diafra Sakho is on the verge of leaving West Ham to sign for Ligue 1 side Rennes, according to a report.
Sky Sports claimed in their live transfer blog on Wednesday [02:32pm] that Sakho, 27, had passed a medical with the French side and is now close to sealing his £9million switch back across the England Channel.
The ex-Metz striker has suffered a turbulent year at the London Stadium having made just four appearances across all competitions last season as he was sidelined with a series of back injuries.
It is now understood that Lorient forward Abdul Majeed Waris is close to being signed by the Irons to replace Senegal international Sakho.
Sky Sports reported earlier on Wednesday that the Ghanian striker is currently in London undergoing talks with the Premier League side, who look eager to pull off multiple deals before Thursday night’s transfer deadline.
Sakho made a total of 58 appearances across all competitions for West Ham, scoring 21 goals in the process.
Football Insider Verdict
Sakho is a very good striker but it’s a great shame that his time at West Ham hasn’t ended well. Obviously West Brom were right last summer to not sign him, but that is £7million missed out on for the Hammers to have a striker who has just made a handful of appearances since. West Ham fans will no doubt be happy that Sakho is going to a decent club in the country where he first made a name for himself, but they should not be pleased about his replacement. Waris doesn’t have that great of a record for Lorient and could be yet another flop from overseas.