The Hammers have already put in two bid believed to be as high as £6 million for the striker but “pulled out” yesterday (Wed) when the Black Cats declared he’s 100 per cent not for sale.
However, the Irons realise the Black Cats are playing a high risk game and are standing possibly ready to go ‘all in’ should talks fail.
The player is valued at £8m but with loan spells at Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds behind him plus a low premier League goals tally the Hammers are not going to meet that level of bidding.
However, with the England under-21 international keen to talk with the Irons and with a 20-25 per cent pay offer likely to be made, all the balls are still in the air.
A source told ClaretandHugh: “We never never say never in this game – I could even visualise seeing a deal for Diafra Sakho resurrected in certain circumstances. It’s called the transfer window!”