West Ham green light 27-year-old to complete late switch to top-flight club - report
By Danny Wright
West Ham have agreed a deal with Ligue 1 side Rennes to sell Diafra Sakho with less that two days left to go until the transfer window slams shut, according to a report.
The Sun claims that the Hammers are set to pick up £9million in the sale of Sakho, 27, and he is now poised to agree personal terms with the French top-flight club to complete his move back across the English Channel.
Rennes have recently been given a major financial boost thanks to a sell-on clause which was activated in Barcelona’s swoop for Ousamane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund.
It is understood that financial windfall has led the French side to set their sights on ex-Metz forward Sakho, who is said to have fell out of favour of Hammers boss Slaven Bilic due to his woeful injury record over the past year.
Sakho has appeared off the bench in three of the Hammers’ first four fixtures of this season, scoring in his only start in the 2-0 win at Cheltenham in the Carabao Cup.
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This term, he has already matched the amount of matches he played last season after a serious back injury kept him sidelined for most of the campaign.
Football Insider Verdict
Sakho has had a very unfortunate time at West Ham after he originally looked like he would be a very good signing when he first arrived in the Premier League. However his case is a cruel reminded that injury can serious hamper a players ability to perform at the top level. Javier Hernandez and Andy Carroll appear to the Bilic’s first choice strikers this season unless the Croat decides to make a late swoop for another one. West Ham’s signings looked good on paper before the season started, but after some poor results in the league, Bilic may have to dip his toes into the transfer market once more to help save his job.
In other West Ham news, the Irons have tabled a seven-figure bid for this Netherlands international.