5 games, 5 goals - yet QPR snubbed him, West Ham almost lost him; why?

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The agent of West Ham striker Diafra Sakho revealed that the Hammers almost missed out on his signature, whilst QPR snubbed the chance to sign him.

West Ham United notched their third win of the campaign on Sunday, seeing off QPR in a 2-0 victory at Upton Park to take their tally for the season to ten points in seven games, leaving them in seventh place as Sam Allardyce's men get off to a great start to the new season.

The first goal was a scruffy one, with QPR defender Nedum Onuoha credited with an own goal, and the second one came on the hour mark as new signing Diafra Sakho scored yet again with a back post header.

Senegalese hitman Sakho, 24, joined West Ham from Metz this summer in a £3.5m deal after he had impressed with the French club, and the Hammers also ended up loaning Modibo Maiga to Metz weeks after the Sakho transfer was completed.

Sakho's goal against QPR made it five in five starts, joining strikes against Sheffield United, Hull City, Liverpool and Manchester United in his personal scrapbook, but his agent Mark McKay has revealed how he nearly didn't sign for West Ham - and that QPR snubbed the opportunity to sign him.

"Diafra Sakho has been a revelation for West Ham and a lot of the credit must go to David Sullivan for signing him," McKay told Sky Sports News. "West Ham almost missed out on signing him as initially they wanted him on loan and Metz were never going to agree to that.

"He was actually recommened to QPR's chief scout and offered to them, but that fell on deaf ears. However, David Sullivan was determined to sign him and he went to great lengths to get the deal done."

Given how goal-shy QPR have been, they will surely live to rue passing up the chance to sign Sakho - whilst West Ham will be breathing a huge sigh of relief that they did eventually push through a deal.

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