Morning reports that Chelsea have started talks with the Irons with a view to taking the Ecuador international (pictured above) were described to ClaretandHugh a few minutes ago as “entirely false.”
The Sun has been pushing the story for a couple of days but a Hammers source told us this morning: “A lot of agents are winding the thing up but there is nothing on the table in terms of a bid.
“Nor has there been any contact from Chelsea at this stage.” Tht is entirely false.”
The Sun reported today that Jose Mourinho has approved the move for Valencia, and Chelsea’s negotiators have begun talks with the Hammers to land the Ecuadorian striker before the window shuts.
Our source said: “We’ve received no bid and all this does is unsettle our players. We keep hearing the rumours but until a bid arrives on the table there’s nothing to say.”
And he added with heavy emphasis: I just want to point out that whatever happens or doesn’t happen in that area, Diafra Sakho not for sale at ANY price.”
Perhaps significantly, despite the Senegal international being mentioned yesterday as a Chelsea target, he has been dropped from today’s update in the ‘paper!