Report: After Tomkins deal, Crystal Palace plan second West Ham raid, Diafra Sakho targeted

Diafra Sakho celebrates scoring the second goal for West Ham

Crystal Palace are reportedly looking to land West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho.

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

According to The Mirror, Crystal Palace have joined the race to sign West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho, who wants a summer transfer.

The Eagles have strengthened their goalkeeping, defensive and wide options by signing Steve Mandanda, James Tomkins and Andros Townsend, but manager Alan Pardew still wants a new striker.

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

Connor Wickham struggled to live up to his price tag last season, whilst Fraizer Campbell's days look numbered and Dwight Gayle has been sold to Newcastle United, meaning a new goalscorer is a huge need for Palace.

Now, whilst The Mirror claim that a £31m offer to sign Liverpool striker Christian Benteke remains on the table, Palace are looking at alternatives after their deal for the Belgian stalled - and West Ham's Diafra Sakho appears to have become a target.

Diafra Sakho celebrates after scoring the first goal for West Ham

Sakho, 26, found the net seven times last season, which was something of a disappointment having scored 12 goals in his first season with West Ham, and he now looks set to leave the club this summer.

The Senegal international is attempting to force a move away from the Olympic Stadium having refused to travel out to Austria with the rest of the West Ham squad, and Crystal Palace have now joined three Premier League rivals in trying to sign Sakho.

West Ham's Diafra Sakho in action with Watford's Sebastian Prodl

It's claimed that Sunderland, Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion are all keen on Sakho, but Palace have now entered the race to sign the striker valued at around £15m.

Palace have already swooped to sign one West Ham player this summer in defender Tomkins, and could make it a double raid on their London rivals if they can secure a deal for Sakho - but that won't be easy right now, as West Ham will only sell the former Metz star if they find a replacement first.

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