David Sullivan claims Diafra Sakho may be allowed to leave West Ham - on one condition

West Ham co owner David Sullivan

David Sullivan claims that Diafra Sakho won't be allowed to leave until West Ham sign another striker.

West Ham co owner David SullivanWest Ham co owner David Sullivan

West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan has told The Mirror that whilst Diafra Sakho is being linked with an exit, no deal will be done until a new striker is signed.

Sakho, 26, was a summer 2014 signing for West Ham having starred in France with Metz, and he enjoyed an impressive first season in East London with 12 goals in 26 games.

Diafra Sakho celebrates scoring the second goal for West HamDiafra Sakho celebrates scoring for West Ham

An important player under Sam Allardyce during the 2014-15 season, Sakho was tipped to have a big season last term - but under Allardyce's replacement Slaven Bilic, the Senegal international didn't have quite as much success.

With seven goals in 23 games last season, Sakho regressed under Bilic, and recent speculation has suggested that he could be set to leave the Hammers this summer.

Diafra Sakho celebrates after scoring the first goal for West Ham

Sky Sports recently claimed that Sunderland - now managed by Allardyce - had made an £11m bid for Sakho, whilst the Daily Mail report that Sakho refused to travel to a pre-season camp in Austria in order to force through a move away from the club this summer.

With West Ham manager Bilic looking for striking reinforcements, Sakho's days with the club appear to be numbered anyway - but an exit could be some way off being finalised.

West Ham co chairman David Sullivan

Speaking to The Mirror, West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan states that Sakho is not for sale until the club find a replacement, with the Hammers currently hitting a brick wall in their attempts to sign a new striker.

"He is not for sale until we get players in. Until we bring strikers in, we simply cannot let strikers go," said Sullivan. "James Tomkins was different because we had a surplus in the centre-half department. But until we get at least a couple of strikers we can’t let any forward go.”

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