West Ham icon: Diafra Sakho is worth £25m amid Liverpool speculation

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Former West Ham striker Leroy Rosenior believes Diafra Sakho is worth at least £25m,

West Ham notched up their third win in eight days on Sunday, beating Swansea City 3-1.

The star of the show was Andy Carroll, but substitute Diafra Sakho made his return to the side with a bang, scoring the third goal to take his tally for the season to eight in all competitions.

The Senegal international has been out of action lately through injury, but showed that he should still be considered as West Ham's top striker with a superb cameo against the Swans.

Sakho, 24, has been a revelation this season, and his goalscoring exploits have reportedly attracted the interest of Liverpool, who need attacking reinforcements in January.

The Hammers would surely resist any temptation to sell, and their former striker Leroy Rosenior told Claret & Hugh that Sakho is 'amazing', and worth at least £25m - despite West Ham paying just £3.5m for him in August.

"It really doesn’t matter who he plays with, he has an instinctive understanding of the game and goes to exactly the right positions," said Rosenior. "He came back after an absence and looked as though he’d never been away and with a new strike partner. Staggering."

"He’s so good running off the ball and he has excellent touch and is one of the best strikers I’ve seen in several years. He’s an amazing player," he added.

“Obviously we are judging things on how they look right bow in the present vein of form but for me – at this moment – Diafra is worth £25 million minimum. For me there isn’t a better striker in the country," exclaimed Rosenior.

A £25m price tag would surely be enough to put any suitors off a bid for Sakho - particularly Liverpool, who forked out £16m for Mario Balotelli this summer.

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