A select round-up of the latest West Ham United news...
West Ham United's Pedro Obiang
The defensive midfielder moved to West Ham last summer for a fee believed to be in the region of £4.3 million, but failed to establish himself as a first-team regular, making only 11 Premier League starts.
Diafra Sakho celebrates scoring for West Ham
Meanwhile, West Ham Co-Chairman David Gold has effectively confirmed that Diafra Sakho remains part of the Hammers' first-team plans, after he took to Twitter to provide an update on the Senegal international's current situation:
Diafra Sakho is training hard to regain the right level of fitness so he can rejoin the main squad. dg pic.twitter.com/PzGkWcs79K— David Gold (@davidgold) 12 August 2016
The Future of Diafra Sakho is now up to Diafra Sakho he plays for a gr8 club in a gr8 stadium in front of g8 fans.dg https://t.co/vtbI02jtfi— David Gold (@davidgold) 12 August 2016
Only time will tell if Sakho is genuinely committed to the cause or whether he sees his future away from West Ham.
He said: "It would be interesting but if I have to leave Palermo, it will have to allow me to move to a higher level, to next level. Palermo is a great club, a great team.”
It had been reported (MediaGol) earlier this summer that the Hammers had actually agreed a fee with the Serie A outfit to secure the services of Lazaar, but as of yet, any kind of deal has not come to fruition.
The report claims that West Ham are one of three Premier League clubs interested in signing the Cameroon international.
Porto's Vincent Aboubakar celebrates his goal against Academica