West Ham United have completed the signing of Senegalese international striker Diafra Sakho from FC Metz for a fee believed to be around £3.5m.
When England forward and West Ham number 9, Andy Carroll, picked up an injury that would see him out of action for many months; Manager Sam Allardyce, confirmed he was hunting for a replacement. It seems he hopes the 6ft 1/2in front man is whom he believes can make the step up.
The Hammers’ new number 15 scored 20 goals in 37 games last season in the French Ligue 2 which helped earn Metz promotion to the top flight. This followed his breakthrough season in the third tier during 2012/13 where he netted 19 times in 33 games.
Sakho, who made his Senegal debut in 2014, told West Ham TV “I really love English football and I’ve dreamed of coming to play for one of the big English clubs. Today, West Ham have given me that opportunity and I didn’t hesitate to grab it. I’ve come here to continue as I was at Metz. I’m going to give it my all, going flat out on the pitch and I think the fans will appreciate that.” Sakho has 2 caps and 1 goal for his country and it will be interesting to see whether he can make the step up to his biggest challenge yet.