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4th Jul, 2016 | 1:52pm

West Ham journalist responds to claim attacker faked illness amid transfer stalemate

By Will Butcher

West Ham striker Diafra Sakho has not been feigning illness in order to pursue a move away from the Olympic Stadium, according to a report.

Hammers blog Claret and Hugh claims to have investigated rumours swirling over the weekend as to why the 26-year-old striker did not fly with the rest of the squad to the club’s pre-season tour of America.

This comes after Sakho has been strongly linked with a summer exit from West Ham, with Sam Allardyce keen to take him to Sunderland.

Claret and Hugh, edited by West Ham journalist Hugh Southon, claimed to have inside information from a source about Sakho’s absence and denied that he had faked illness to engineer a transfer.

“Diafra has definitely been off colour and clearly couldn’t fly at this time but have no worries once he has recovered from his stomach trouble he will be on his way to join the rest of the boys,” Claret and Hugh’s ‘top insider’ told the website.

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“There’s been an awful lot of speculation – a lot of it empty – about his future but he remains very much a West Ham player and part of the club’s plans. His absence is not suspicious.”

The centre-forward featured 27 times for the Hammers this season scoring seven goals and providing one assist as he helped guide Slaven Bilic’s side to a seventh placed finish in the Premier League.

Bilic has been looking to make additions to his strike force in the transfer window as his side prepare to play Europa League football next season.

In other West Ham news, Ashley Fletcher is set to join West Ham on a free transfer after agreeing a four-year contract