Striker bids to remedy West Ham transfer failure
By Tom Blackburn
West Ham doctor Stijn Vandenbrouke says Diafra Sakho is working hard to build up fitness after his transfer to West Brom collapsed.
Sky Sports claimed last week that West Brom’s move for Sakho, 26, had fallen through because the West Ham striker was not expected to be fit for the start of the season.
Club doctor Vandenbrouke has now informed fans that Sakho is on a strict programme, while also giving positive updates on Aaron Cresswell, Gohkan Tore and Manuel Lanzini.
“Diafra Sakho is undertaking an individual training programme and is working hard to attain the right level of fitness to join the squad as soon as he can,” he told the West Ham website.
“This week we have encouraging news regarding Manuel Lanzini, Aaron Cresswell and Gokhan Tore.
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“Manuel injured his knee while on Olympic Games duty with Argentina. He was wearing a knee brace for four weeks. Manuel is out of the brace and has entered a new phase in his rehab and started running on Wednesday.
“Aaron injured his knee in the pre-season match with Karlsruher in Austria. He did not require an operation and is making very good progress. Aaron has been wearing a brace and using crutches for a few weeks.
“He has now started walking with the brace, partially weight bearing. On Sunday we will take the brace off and progress to the next steps in his rehabilitation process.
“Gokhan got injured in the final training session in Slovenia before our UEFA Europa League first leg with Domzale.
“He had a significant trauma to his knee and rehabbed very well with our medical team and rehab fitness coach Eamon Swift, finishing those sessions on Wednesday. He will resume training with the squad today.”
Former Metz man Sakho has been hampered by injuries during his two-year spell with the East London club, in which time he has scored 15 goals in 44 appearances.
Tore only arrived in London on loan from Besiktas this summer, having impressed in Turkey last season scoring six goals and providing nine assists in 35 appearances in 2015-16.
West Ham attempted to remedy the troubling injury of right-back Cresswell by confirming a deal for Arthur Masuaku on Monday.
New signing Masuaku is expected to slot it at left-back, which would allow Sam Byram to return to his more favoured right-back position and the covering Michail Antonio to push up the pitch in to a more comfortable advanced role.
In other West Ham news, Slaven Bilic gives an update on their striker chase claiming one will sign and one will not.