Board’s quick move for Sakho after Wickham “no”


Sakho whamactionDiafra Sakho’s arrival at Upton Park looked the least likely of the summer at one stage but he is now looking the buy of the summer!

But then Irons  board moved quickly to resurrect a deal that looked dead after Sunderland refused to allow Connor Wickham to move to Upton Park.

The Irons looked to have missed out on Sakho when the terms of a permanent deal were changed to a loan spell.

Pressure from his club Metz – and Sunderland’s refusal to let Wickham move – saw the Hammers board move very fast going back in to clinch a cut price deal for a player who looks like becoming a big Upton Park favouritel.

And a well placed source told ClaretandHugh exclusively: “The deal had a lot to do with the board’s decision quick thinking.

“Wickham was strongly fancied by the managerial team but the board were ready to gamble on Sakho.

“They were always keen and once the Wickham thing founded they quickly went back in for him.

“It looks as though it could be a great deal as he cost just £2.5 million as opposed to £8 million for Wickham and his wages were about half of what the Sunderland triker would have cost.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • HammerJeff says:

    I’m so happy for the lad – there’s something about him and the look in his eyes – he’s hungry to do well!! I want him to dye the front of his hair blonde again!! He deserves it and lets not forget Metz were ready to do a Sakho-gate after us changing our minds! Hopefully happy endings all round! Coyi!

  • Poacher says:

    I have supported West Ham since 1968. I have to say that rarely have I felt better about the team and the future of the club. The reason I believe is the very evident commitment, ambition and business nous of the board. This, together with their genuine support for the club and desire to involve, listen to and please the supporters has given us real hope for this and future seasons. I would like to use the medium of this excellent forum to say Thank You.

    Sam Allardyce is a capable and very strong minded manager. That said, I believe his attitude, some of his past purchases and tactical decisions were not the best for this club. The board clearly were not impressed either, had a heart to heart and have changed the direction of the club – yesterday was the living proof of that.

    Once again, supporting WHUFC is something to be very, very proud of. Thank you.

  • baddowhammer says:

    Loving Sakho’s determination,skill,stamina,i think this lad can play.Great buy,and as cheap as they come thrown in.As a West Ham supporter since 1968(,coincidence same as Poacher) I have learned not to get too excited about the next game,let alone the season.But i too feel happier about the future.Anyway make hay when the sun shines,im going to bask in the fact we beat liverpool,and not think about the trip to Old Trafford just yet.C.O.Y.I.

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