Major striker boost for West Ham ahead of Everton clash as police decide Diafra Sakho has no case to answer

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West Ham United have been handed a major striker boost from the boys in blue ahead of their Premier League clash with the boys in blue Everton this weekend.

The Hammers should welcome back key striker Diafra Sakho for the visit of Roberto Martinez's team after he missed last week's 2-0 defeat with Watford through injury.

But there has been even better news on the long-term availability of one of their key players after police confirmed the Senegal star will not face any charges following his arrest back in August on suspicion of making threats to kill and intimidating a witness.

'No case to answer'

A statement from Sakho's management team, Sports PR Company, said its client had 'vigorously denied the allegations' from the beginning.

“Following allegations of assault and malicious communications made against West Ham and Senegal footballer Diafra Sakho in August, the police have confirmed there will be no action taken,” the statement reads.

“At the time, Mr Sakho vigorously denied the allegations and this matter has now been brought to an end following a police investigation.”

It is a major boost not only for the player, but also for Hammers boss Slaven Bilic who earlier this week confirmed Sakho was his number one striker over the club's record signing Andy Carroll.

Not the first West Ham star to be investigated in recent years

Sakho is not the first West Ham player to find himself under investigation by the authorities in recent years.

His teammate and defender James Tomkins was fined £3,500 for assaulting a police officer in September last year.

Tomkins pleaded guilty to assaulting a police constable, being drunk and disorderly in a public place and obstructing a constable outside an Essex nightclub, as reported at the time by the likes of the Guardian.

Martin Everett, chair of the bench at Southend Magistrates’ Court, Essex, told Tomkins: "It is a late guilty plea but it has saved the court a trial and witnesses”.

He was fined £3,500 for the assault and was ordered to pay £3,785 court costs, £200 compensation to the police officer and a £120 victim surcharge.

Another player who went in front of the courts while at West Ham earlier this year was Ravel Morrison.

The gifted former Manchester United midfielder, now at Italian side Lazio, was cleared of all charges of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and her mother back in January, as reported by the likes of the Independent at the time.

Morrison was due to go on trial at Manchester Crown Court in January but the charges were dropped by the prosecution and the England youth international was found not guilty.

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