Sakho tears but Irons expect to win Metz case


Heartbroken Diafra Sakho left West Ham talks in tears after negotiations aimed at bringing him to the Boleyn broke down because of a late change in the terms on offer.

And as a result of the Hammers decision the striker’s ¬†club Metz now aim to report the Hammers to Uefa.

The French club have revealed their intentions in a club statement but the Irons are confident they will win the argument should the case go before the football authorities.

Metz claim the Hammers decided very late that a loan deal would suit them better than offering the permanent contract that had been under discussion from the start.

We were told that the despairing player was in tears as his big chance slipped away and that there is no real surprise that Metz have decided to act.

However, the Hammers believe is little chance of the French club winning their case which would take years to be heard anyway.

Nothing was signed under FA or Premier League rules and the club believes it had every right to pull out.

Metz are likely to claim damages but these are hard to quantify and our source said: “The club will fight the case all then way and would expect to win.”

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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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  • SXHammer says:

    Are these sources employees at the Club Hugh – they come across as so condescending and if this is the way the Club acts it is no wonder we struggle with signings. This smacks of the same situation as in January with the Cameroon international Raoul Loe from Osasuna with Osasuna also criticising the Hammers conduct in a similar vein after we pulled that signing.
    I just hope we don’t end up with egg on our face and lose out on the other striker target being pursued and end up on deadline day in Sept making a desperate **** signing!!

  • New606 says:

    Feel bad for the player, although weren’t his unrealistic demands the reason the transfer dragged on so long in the first place

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