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. [Read more…]

Fyodor Smolov | West Ham interested in prolific FC Krasnodar striker

West Ham are apparently interested in signing Russian striker Fyodor Smolov. The 27 year old, who currently plies his trade for Krasnodar in the Russian Premier League, has been the top scorer in the RPL for the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons after moving to FCK from Dynamo Moscow in 2015.

With Diafra Sakho heading for the exit door and Moyes also thinking of allowing Javier Hernandez to move on, West Ham would definitely need attacking replacements and Smolov, who will reportedly cost somewhere around £15m, is being thought of as an option.

Smolov has previously told the Russian press that he thought West Ham were “too defensive” a side (he said it after their 2-1 loss to Man City when the Hammers were forced to absorb large spells of pressure by the likes of De Bruyne and co.) and would not suit his style of play. It now appears that he has had a u-turn and is open to the idea of a move to the London Stadium [Read more…]