Diafra Sakho leaves West Ham to join Rennes

Wantaway striker Diafra Sakho has finally left West Ham, with French Ligue 1 outfit Stade Rennais snapping up the Senegalese international for a reported fee of £8m. Sakho has made no secret of his desire to leave the Hammers, and was on the verge of a summer switch to Rennes that broke down at the last moment because the Irons had not signed a replacement. Given that Marko Arnautovic, Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and Andre Ayew are on the treatment table currently, West Ham fans should reasonably expect the club to sign another striker- potentially thought to be Russian Fydor Smolov, before the winter transfer window closes.

Sakho Goal vs Swansea

Sakho joined the Hammers in 2014 and had a great first season with the club. The move back to France ends his three and a half year English stint, with his last West Ham game being the League Cup quarterfinal loss to Arsenal. He was linked with the likes of Palace, Swansea, Newcastle and Besiktas, but opted to chose Rennes, with his debut likely to come against PSG later this week.

Sakho has put pen to paper a two and a half year deal with Rennes, who are currently 8th in the French top flight after last weekend’s round of fixtures.

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