Diafra Sakho is trying to force through a move to Rennes from West Ham but the club are refusing to do business as they believe they don’t have enough time to find a replacement.
The story surrounding Sakho is nothing short of extraordinary, according to football.london sources, as the Senegalese man tries to plot an escape route from E20.
It all started on Saturday when Sakho wasn’t included in the starting eleven for the Newcastle United defeat, being told he is behind both Michail Antonio and Andre Ayew in the pecking order for strikers at the club – two players who aren’t strikers.
Sakho, not for the first time in his Hammers career, took this badly and threw his toys out of the pram and set about getting out of east London having recovered from injury.
The frontman told the club he was going back to France and then tried to buy himself out his contract, according to our sources. This is something the striker couldn’t afford to do.
Sakho travelled to France and set up a medical at Rennes of his own accord – which he subsequently passed – but there has never been a fee agreed with the Ligue 1 side and the Hammers.
Rennes had a bid of £4m up front plus £5m in add-ons flat out rejected by West Ham but Sakho carried on with the medical anyway but with co-owner David Sullivan’s two sons – Jack and David Jnr – both tweeting to say no deal – it is now assumed any move is off the table.
football.london understands the lateness in the transfer window to find a suitable replacement is the reason the club won’t sell. They are still interested in Lorient striker Abdul Majeed Waris, however.