Sakho refuses to travel with West Ham – report

Date published: Saturday 16th July 2016 12:17

Diafra Sakho Mark Noble

Diafra Sakho has refused to travel with West Ham for their pre-season tour of Austria, according to Sky Sports.

The Senegal international striker has made no secret of his desire to leave West Ham this season and it is thought that he wants to reunite with his former Hammers boss Sam Allardyce at Sunderland.

Sakho has scored 15 goals in 44 Premier League games for West Ham since joining two years ago for £4.5m and bizarrely could now move for close to £15m.

He missed a large chunk of last season though injury but then returned to largely play on the flanks.

His agent Mark McKay told Sky Sports News last month:

“He has had conversations with people at West Ham and he wants to know where his future lies. He wants to start pre-season where he wants to be playing.

“West Ham are looking for that top, top striker and Diafra is a bit concerned, that once they find that striker, what his place in the team is going to be.

“If he gets those assurances from West Ham, I am sure he’ll be happy to stay there, but otherwise he may be looking elsewhere.”

“I think if you look at Diafra, he is a victim of the success West Ham have had. Now they are going to the Olympic Stadium, they want to kick on and he may just be left behind, he’s not that star name they are looking for maybe.
“So, we’ll wait and see on that. It’s up in the air at the moment. He’s a West Ham player as it stands until David Sullivan and Slaven Bilic turn round and say differently.”

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