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Report: Premier League rivals line up bid for £15m-rated West Ham attacker

By Harvey Byrne

West Brom are moving to make West Ham striker Diafra Sakho their second signing of the summer, according to a report.

Midlands publication The Express and Star claim that the Baggies have made the Senegal international one of their primary targets up front and that Tony Pulis’ side have registered their interest with the Hammers.

However, the east London club want £15million for the former Metz sharpshooter and Albion will be forced to wait until Slaven Bilic buys another striker before talks go any further.

It is understood that Sakho is staying in the UK while the Hammers fly out to America for a pre-season tour.

It’s claimed the 26-year-old has not traveled because he’s suffering from a back injury, but the striker has sought assurances that he will be given more playing time next season.

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The striker joined West Ham from Metz in the summer of 2014 for a figure around £4million, he currently has two years left on his contract.

The striker made 24 appearances in all competitions in the recently completed season scoring seven goals and providing one assist as he helped the Hammers claim a place in next season’s Europa League.

In other West Ham news, the Hammers are weighing up a bid for Norwich defender Robbie Brady.