West Ham hero Diafra Sakho hits out 'trouble making' news reports in homeland

West Ham United's top scorer Diafra Sakho has hit out at news reports in his homeland Senegal on his opinions about the club's end of season awards.

The 25-year-old Hammers favourite has had a memorable debut season in East London.

His brilliant goalscoring exploits saw him break a number of records as West Ham recorded their best ever start to a Premier League season.

But he was angered today after a report on an African website criticised the 12-goal star for giving his opinion on who he voted for in the Hammers' end of season awards.

Left-back Aaron Cresswell won a hat-trick of awards in his own debut season in the English top-flight, including Hammer of the Year, as voted for by the fans, Player's Player and Best Signing.

Sakho had told West Ham's official website that he voted for goalkeeper Adrian, as he felt he had been the club's best player throughout the campaign.

But now in a report written in French on the website Sport Senegal Sakho has been lambasted for airing his views.

It said: "Diafra Sakho contests the vote of supporters. Known for not having his tongue in his pocket, Sakho has once again proved that he did not mince words... Comments that obviously did not fail to offend Aaron Cresswell."

But posting a picture of himself looking far from pleased on social networking site Instagram, Sakho hit back, saying in French: "Post information just to make bad a player with his teammates is really bad on the part of the Senegalese news websites.

"I am an honest person and if I have something to tell my teammates I did not need to go through media interposes."

It isn't the first time the deadly striker has had grief from his homeland.

Earlier this season, a back injury controversially ruled him out of the Africa Cup Of Nations. And when he returned while the tournament was still going on to score the winning goal in the FA Cup at Bristol City, the Hammers were duly fined £75,000.

Sakho was criticised by Senegalese media and some fans of his national team, who accused him of choosing club over country. But he immediately penned an emotional open letter defending himself in the wake of their early exit from AFCON.

Hammers fans have taken Sakho to their hearts, though, particularly after he became the first West Ham player to score six goals in his first six games, matching a Premier League record, set in 1992 by Micky Quinn.

The former Metz man was also awarded the Premier League Player of the Month award for October.

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