Rumours abound that Diafra Sakho’s days at West Ham United are drawing to a close.
The speculation stems from an alleged bust up the French forward had with manager Slaven Bilic ahead of the Irons’ recent 3-3 draw with Arsenal.
It was reported that, upon discovering he wasn’t selected for the inter-London affair, an incandescent Sakho vented his frustration and left training, before making a cryptic social media slur that, much like a post from a pubescent Facebook user with a beef, didn’t disclose the source of his anger.
Despite Bilic claiming his absence was owed to a minor injury, intuitive gossip column fillers have wasted little time in drawing conclusions and have already begun sounding out heirs to the 26-year-old’s locker.
But instead of cursing Sakho’s perceived petulance, West Ham must appreciate the favour the Senegalese striker has done for them.
Widely expected to sign a box office forward to ensure bums remain on seats throughout their first campaign in the flashy Olympic Stadium, the east London outfit would’ve been placed in a difficult position had this fall out not occurred.
The likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Daniel Sturridge have all been mentioned in relation to big-money West Ham moves, but if they were to draft in a player of this magnitude, they’d have to free up space on the roster.
Sakho currently competes with loanee Emmanuel Emenike alongside full-time Hammers Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia for one starting berth.
Assuming Emenike isn’t retained and a high-profile forward was parachuted in they’d need to shed at least one of the three remaining goal getters.
Cases can be made as to why Sakho is the most useful of all West Ham’s current strikers; he is more dependable the Carroll and his scoring record is superior to Valencia’s. As a result, his sale would likely fetch the most money, but would be most open to questioning on the terraces.
His reported outburst suggested he’s likely to be the most volatile when it comes to bench-warming for the marquee signing the club hope to make, providing an iron clad excuse as to why the Hammers had to sell him.
Sakho won’t play when West Ham face Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter final replay, whom they’re priced at 33/20 to beat without recourse to extra-time.