By Derrick Kiplagat
Manchester United have been linked with a shock move for prolific West Ham Striker Diafra Sakho. The Old Trafford outfit will soon need a replacement for Fenerbahce bound Dutchman Robin Van Persie and according to the Daily Mail, the Red Devils have shown interest in the Senegalese striker. Sakho joined the Hammers last summer after helping Metz return to the French League 1ere but was a surprise hit in the English Premier League. He ended his debut season as West Ham’s top scorer aided in no small part by a blistering start to his time in England, before injuries and niggling fitness concerns caught up with him.
The 25 year old, who scored twice in the Europa League first qualifying round against FC Lusitans last week, is valued at around £15 million, but the Hammers are certainly not interested in selling the forward who they consider central to their hopes of securing a top- eight finish.
“We have a lot of high hopes resting on Sakho next season and he is the one who can surprise everyone. I believe he can become a world-class striker,” Hammer’s co-chairman David Gold said.
“He has the passion and attributes to be one of the top forwards in the Premier League. He had an unbelievable start last season and scored 8 goals in 9 games which is up there with the very best. Sadly he got injured and who knows how many goals he could have finished last season with. I am pleased to say he made a full recovery during the summer and it will be great if he can keep scoring goals heading into the new season.”
The Red Devils have been linked with attempts to land other strikers over the past few months including Uruguayan striker Edison Cavani and French striker Karim Benzema who have topped the list of targets upfront. While there has also been interest in Tottenham star Harry Kane, but there has been no formal contact. Sakho would be a much cheaper option, but fans will worry he lacks the quality to make the step up to a club like Manchester United.