Diafra Sakho is today being named as the possible Irons bait in a swap deal for West Brom’s Saido Berahino.
ClaretandHugh revealed several days ago that the Baggies striker was a target for the Hammers and with doubts surrounding Sak’s situation at the Hammers this one was always likely to arise.
Sunderland’s interest is likely to founder on two fronts with Sakho reportedly not keen on a move to Wearside and the offer lodged being far too far off the £15 million minimum required by the Irons anyway.
However, any deal for Berahino looks to have a long way to go and could hit snags on various fronts.
The Baggies front man has refused a new contract at around £50k a week and with the Hammers likely to have to pay double that and more for Alexandre Lacazette, they may not be willing to go much higher should talks for the Frenchman produce fruit.
It would be unlikely for them to bring in Berahimo first and compromise any finances put aside for the Lacazette possibility given he would want at least double the £27k currently being paid to Sakho.
They also have to consider the striker’s track record at West Brom where he has shown he is not happy with a support role! And it seems clear that the new top line striker and Andy Carroll will be filling the front men roles when fit.
Everton, Stoke and Crystal Palace are reportedly keen on Sakho but his agent Mark McKay yesterday claimed was happy at West Ham.
He added that his issue was that he needed to understand was where he fits into the manager’s plans after the arrival of the new striker.