Report: Sunderland could turn to Benjamin Moukandjo as Diafra Sakho alternative

Lorient's Benjamin Moukandjo celebrates

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is keen to reunite with West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho at the Stadium of Light.

Lorient's Benjamin Moukandjo celebrates

The Daily Mail reports that Sunderland could turn to Lorient's Benjamin Moukandjo if their pursuit of West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho fails to bear fruit.

Sunderland are said to have lodged an £11 million bid for Sakho last month but with little movement since, the Senegalese has reportedly handed in a transfer request.

Diafra Sakho celebrates after scoring the first goal for West Ham

The Hammers are looking to add at least one new centre-forward themselves, with bids for Carlos Tevez (Mirror), Carlos Bacca (ESPN) and Simone Zaza (Calcio Mercato) rumoured this week alone.

Their failure to make a breakthrough the likely factor holding up Sakho's exit, however, Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce appears to be losing patience.

The 61-year-old has recruited heavily from France, historically, adding Wahbi Khazri and Moukandjo's former teammate Lamine Kone in January, and oversaw Sakho's arrival at Upton Park two summers ago.

Wahbi Khazri scores the first goal for Sunderland

Moukandjo, who was initially linked with the Mackems in April (Daily Mail), scored 13 goals for the Ligue 1 side last season and was previously valued around the £8 million mark.

Sunderland, who are awaiting their first summer signing, were linked with a shock move for former Newcastle right-back Davide Santon on Thursday (Mail).

Benjamin Moukandjo in action for Cameroon

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