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Official: Diafra Sakho has left the building

sakho2It’s finally official West Ham have officially confirmed that striker Diafra Sakho has joined French Ligue 1 club Rennes on a permanent basis for two and a half years for an undisclosed fee.

Whufc.com says: “The 28-year-old departs east London after three-and-a-half seasons in Claret and Blue, during which he scored 24 goals in 71 first-team appearances. After joining from Metz in summer 2014, Sakho started his Hammers career well, scoring in on his first six Premier League starts to equal a record, winning the top-flight’s Player of the Month award in October of the same year.

However, injuries and competition for places have restricted the Senegal international’s appearances over the last two years, and he has started just two Premier League matches since the start of the 2016/17 season.

West Ham would like to thank Diafra for his efforts and wish him well for his future career.”

Sakho told his new club’s website “I am very happy to join Stade Rennais FC and Ligue 1. I never wanted to join another club than Rennes. The President (Olivier Létang) has worked hard for my coming. I felt it and his speech convinced me to join the club. It is a historic club, structured with great ambitions. I also spoke with the coach (Sabri Lamouchi) and talked about the sports project. It’s a great joy and a great pride to join Stade Rennais FC. I hope to bring my qualities to the group and participate in the success of the club in the second half of the season and for the next. “

West Ham originally paid £3.5m for Sakho from Metz in 2014 which later rose to £4.5m with add-ons.

The undisclosed fee is thought to be £4.5m which means West Ham break even with a further £3.5m of add-ons based on goals and appearances.

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17 comments on “Official: Diafra Sakho has left the building

  1. Wished this had turned out better. We will not get a better forward through the door. Devastated!

  2. injured & bonkers. next!

  3. Amazing, can’t get fit for us, but passes a medical easily.
    Another player let go on the cheap, you can’t get a division 1 player for 3.5m , we should have made him play until the summer, and then guaranteed him a move and got a few more quid.
    If he plays at the weekend then you ask what our medical team / management are up to.

  4. Psst, window opened, he was ‘injured’.
    He lied and faked it. You can’t force a person to train. If he don’t train, he can’t play.

  5. Good he didn’t want to play for us, faking injury when we needed him the most. Doesn’t care for the fans. He has more injurys then Carol.

    We are in a terrible positions for available players, and he would of been a great help to us if he wanted to stay, but the damaged is done and forcing him to stay when he doesn’t want to play for us wouldn’t help us.

  6. Phuck thanking him for his efforts ,,, the sh💩

  7. Loyalty and Honour counts for nothing these days . I wish him nothing but bad fortune .

  8. Strange Back problem . Passed two medicals but still unfit . Went missing and didn’t want to train . Renee is a small club with no real chance of getting anywhere . Why would a player go there .?. We loved him for six weeks then he filed for divorce ,,,, the little 💩 .
    Probably ****bing some French 🍩

  9. Makes me laugh to read we are looking for Sakho replacement , especially when you consider he never turned up nor intended to .

  10. Reading that club statement I have just had the best laugh over anything to do with this club in months. So the reasons he played only 71 games was ‘injuries’ (fair enough) and …wait for it ..’competition for places’. Oh my God who wrote that? Competition for places as a West Ham striker- a side that too often has had NO strikers fit. And he has been kept out by BETTER strikers? Is it meant to be a joke?

    I still honestly cannot believe he has been allowed to leave if he is fit enough to play, at a time when we seem to have only Hernandez available (who seems to want out too), unless a replacement is lined up. Surely the owners are going to amaze us all & get at least one decision right. Surely…

  11. Good riddance.

  12. Hopefully this will be the last we hear of him, he has undoubted quality many of us got behind him and he let us all down as fans by faking injuries and earning well over a million a year for doing sweet fa.

  13. So when he was on the bench and completely ignored with 5 minute interludes ? Sometimes?
    Do you mob really believe he didn’t want to play ? Good luck to him ! Get that tnuc Carroll out as well nicking 4 times as much every week but the sun shines out of this muppets arry don’t it ! Plus he wanted away but the muppets kept that quiet and 3 weeks later he’s got a fractured foot ! How fekin gullable are some of you !! Sully has just recouped the 4 mill for the Nintendo man ! What a joke ! He’s worth 20 mill all day long ! Is ayew better than sakho ! 18 mill ?? How fekin west ham is that !! Clueless!!! Its farcical bull💩 64 ! I had a laugh at that one too 😂 , obviously a replacement is on the way ? They wouldn’t not would they ? There must be a real classy loan out there somewhere ! Who can stand there scratching his nuts waiting for a ball to come ?? Its not hard being cynical !! Good luck sakho have a great world cup 👍

  14. DM said in his presser that he was told when he arrived that Sakho would be leaving in Jan – so obviously the stories of an injury in Jan were not true (Cyst on the knee or groin injury)
    No wonder Moyes did not want to play him much – also perhaps the stories that he did have permission to talk to Rennes in August are true – Slav hinted as much

    I feel that Sakho could have been better handled – I still wonder what the full story was behind the fall out before the Arsenal game (When Carrol got a hat trick) – as it seems then that bilic also fell out with Alex Song

    Also what does this say about Moyes being fully in charge of transfers?

  15. He’s not ! 6 month contract which is terminable ? Well he’s got to blame someone if it goes pair shaped ?😎

  16. good riddance. couldnt stand him. only ever played well in his first six months and has been stinking the place up for the last three years. good luck to him getting more than 30000 a week when he ends up back in the french lower leagues where he came from. most overated west ham player ever.

  17. Not a fan then dud ! 😂.
    When the seagulls follow the trawler it is because sardines are thrown into the sea 😉

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