West Ham on verge of new striker addition - report

West Ham Upton Park

Diafra Sakho is set to move to East London from Metz, with Andy Carroll ruled out for a large chunk of the season.

With Andy Carroll's latest injury set to rule him out for the first four months of the Premier League season, West Ham have understandably been shopping for another forward this week, with the club's first game with Spurs little over a week away.

And coming hot on the heels of Hammers co-chairman David Sullivan revealing West Ham were chasing "three or four strikers", is the news that Metz forward Diafra Sakho is set to sign for around £3.5 million.

The 24-year-old Senegalese attacker has starred for the French club for last couple of years, playing a significant role in their route back to the top flight. 

Metz were playing in the French third tier a couple of years ago, and after finally returning to Ligue 1 for the first time since 2008 following successive promotions, they are now set to lose their top scorer from last season.

Sakho scored 20 times for Metz last season, and it will be hoped that he can do the same in England, as part of a new look attacking lineup at Upton Park. It is expected he will now come to London for a medical.

With Carroll still struggling for fitness, Mauro Zarate and Enner Valencia have already arrived, while the addition of Sakho will mean that there are plenty of attackers on hand to fill in for the Hammers' record signing.

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