Reports that Diafra Sakho has handed in a transfer request remain uncomfirmed but there is no doubt that he and the club are involved a tense battle of wills.
The striker – having missed the trip to the US because of a “sickness bug ” – is concerned at his immediate future with the determination of the club to bring in a big hitting front man but it’s his wages which present the real problem.
He was signed very cheaply receiving a rise after he arrived which put him on around £27.5k a week – some way behind the majority of the first team squad.
That, coupled with the tensions which have existed since he left the training ground ahead of last season’s Arsenal game at the Boleyn, is at the bottom of what is going on.
And with both Sunderland and West Brom likely to be watching very closely from the sidelines it’s now looks certain the player will be on his way.
However, he could face a difficult few months should he have actually slapped in the request and the Irons don’t get the required fee of around £15 million.
David Sullivan and David Gold showed very clearly in their Birmingham years that they aren’t the type of men to cave into any player.
Robbie Savage went down the same route when trying to force through a move to his favoured boss, Mark Hughes at Blackburn and spent months in limbo.
Sakho may well have made his mind up that he has no future at the club given their stated transfer policy this summer and a difficult few weeks appears to lie ahead.
Just what the club needed before a history making move to a new stadium ,
The timing is a brilliant piece of agent propaganda, if true get rid of asap. It doesn’t matter if a new bloke comes on board or not , damage done .
Honestly, if Sak goes I’m not happy, I think he’s our n°1 striker right now, the only one who allows the team to play “the West Ham Way”… I’d take Sakho over Carroll any day… but that’ my opinion.
On the other hand, however, if these news are true, Sak is just standing on his money… WBA and Sunderland don’t represent a step forward for his career, but If he’s happy, then… there’s the door.
I believe in Slav, my trust in him is marrow deep 😉
Sounds like he could do with a kick in the Sak.
We need to off load the player… His a great player when on his game, but prone to throwing his toys out the pram… Super Slav seems to have build a tremendous morale so let’s bring in somebody to enhance that ! ⚒⚒
@mattefumi.. marrow deep I love that one!!
I think he deserves a season now he is fully over his injury to prove himself, but he needs to sort out these 5 year old temper tantrums. Surely fighting for selection should let you know you are part of a good team.
Ha ha matte , always dealing with the girth of the matter,
Would not like sakho to leave also matte and agree with danialson, but this is starting to escalate , its a club thing now and they will sort it one way or the other, wheat her we like it or not, as we all have faith in Bilic then his decision will be final !
Please sort it so he stays, up his wages a few quid , have a talk and move on positively !
This is probably something that a lot of clubs in the PL are going to see now with the influx of cash and all the press speculation over salaries probably inflating most of them although DS saying he was going to pay £150k plus to Tevez might have really wound him up, especially if he is on the 27.5k reported. If there is a way to settle him down permanently then I would say it is worth a shot because a motivated Sakho is a real assett but if not try to sell him overseas.
I’d quite like to have a choice of Bacca, Carroll and Sakho.
Sakho’s second choice to Carroll at the moment but not far off going in front, but the thing is West Ham are going up a level so if he wants to be in front of this new forward then he’s going to have to be better somehow, either that or cope with not being numero uno.