Slaven Bilic admits surprise at Diafra Sakho's failed medical

Diafra Sakho celebrates scoring the second goal for West Ham

The West Ham striker failed a medical at West Bromwich Albion on Thursday.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic during the press conferenceWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic during the press conference

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has admitted to the Express he was surprised to learn Diafra Sakho had failed his medical with West Bromwich Albion.

The striker was expected to complete a £15 million move to the Baggies in the coming days, once the formality of a medical had been completed on Thursday. 

However, reports emerged that Tony Pulis’ side had cancelled the proposed deal after discovering the player had a back injury during those tests.

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

That has left him in something of a limbo at West Ham, who have shown little desire to keep him as they have sought to sign a striker this summer.

And reacting to the news, Slaven Bilic has admitted he was surprised that Sakho failed the medical.

“I don’t know any details. I’m a bit surprised with that,” he told the Express.

“He’s our player, contracted for us and could be a great player. That’s all I can say about it. I am a bit sorry for him and a bit surprised that he didn’t pass the medical.”

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

It remains to be seen where Sakho’s future lies after this failed move to West Brom.

Much is likely to rest on the Hammers pursuit of a new striker, which has so far proven to be a frustrating one to say the least.

Should they finally secure one then they will likely be keen to try and secure another move for Sakho before the transfer window slams shut.

However, should they fail to add anyone, then Bilic will likely be happy to have him in his squad for next season as they look to improve on last years seventh placed finish. 

West Ham manager Slaven BilicWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic

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