Report: West Ham ace Diafra Sakho submits transfer request, a month since Sunderland's rejected bid

Diafra Sakho celebrates scoring the second goal for West Ham

West Ham striker Diafra Sakho has reportedly handed in a transfer request.

Diafra Sakho celebrates after scoring the first goal for West HamDiafra Sakho celebrates after scoring for West Ham

According to Sky Sports, West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho has handed in a transfer request as he attempts to force through a departure this summer.

Sakho, 26, joined West Ham in the summer of 2014, having smashed 40 goals in his final two seasons with French side Metz - and he immediately made an impact in the Premier League.

Diafra Sakho celebrates scoring the second goal for West Ham

The Senegal international hit ten goals in 23 Premier League games during the 2014/15 season, adding another two goals in other competitions to become an instant hit in East London.

However, the departure of manager Sam Allardyce and arrival of replacement Slaven Bilic led to fewer first-team opportunities last season, with Sakho starting just 18 Premier League games last term, hitting only five goals.

Tottenham's Danny Rose in action with West Ham's Diafra Sakho

Now, with Hammers boss Bilic looking to strengthen his attack, Sakho could be pushed even further down the pecking order - prompting speculation over his long-term future at the Olympic Stadium.

Sky Sports now claim that Sakho has submitted a transfer request in a bid to leave West Ham this summer, and the suggestions of a move to Sunderland will only intensify as a result.

West Ham's Diafra Sakho and manager Sam Allardyce with the Barclays Player of the Month and Manager of the Month awards for October

Sky Sports claim that Sunderland had an £11m bid for Sakho rejected a month ago, as his former boss Allardyce looks to reunite on Wearside.

The Black Cats need support for Jermain Defoe in the final third, and Sakho may well fancy the chance to work with Allardyce again whilst being handed regular first-team football.

Whilst Sunderland need to increase their bid, Sakho's desire to leave West Ham could put Allardyce in a strong position to land their man this summer.

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