West Ham co-chairman David Gold has taken to Twitter to declare that striker Diafra Sakho is not for sale amid speculation surrounding his future.
Sakho, 25, arrived at Upton Park from Metz last summer, and whilst he was signed with little expectation on his shoulders, he surprised many by hitting ten goals in 23 Premier League games.
The Senegal international is now West Ham's big hope in attack ahead of the new season, and will be expected to fire the club towards the top six under new manager Slaven Bilic.
However, his success in his debut season has now triggered speculation. The Daily Mail recently reported that both Manchester United and Newcastle United were interested in signing Sakho, before also suggesting on Wednesday that unnamed clubs are considering moves for the striker this summer.
With fans concerned, co-chairman David Gold was asked on Twitter whether the striker could be leaving Upton Park this summer - and Gold responded by saying there are no plans to sell the forward.
There are no plans to sell Sakho. dg https://t.co/bDgiS549In— David Gold (@davidgold) July 23, 2015
How important is Sakho to West Ham?
With Andy Carroll still out injured and seemingly unreliable, new manager Bilic needs to bring in another striker - not lose his best one.
Sakho is the ideal player to lead the line for Bilic, possessing strength, pace and predatory instincts, which make him the perfect modern day forward.
It would surely take a huge fee to even get West Ham to consider selling Sakho, who will be looking to improve on the ten goals he scored last season. It's no surprise that teams are casting admiring glances in Sakho's direction, but West Ham are under no pressure to sell, and will almost certainly be building their attack around Sakho in the coming season.