Report: West Ham talks at stalemate with Cardiff City backing away from £15m Diafra Sakho deal

West Ham United's Senegalese striker Diafra Sakho (R) vies with Manchester City's Argentinian defender Nicolas Otamendi during the English Premier League football match between Manchester...

West Ham United's Diafra Sakho may not be heading to Cardiff City after all.

West Ham United's Senegalese striker Diafra Sakho (R) vies with Manchester City's Argentinian defender Nicolas Otamendi during the English Premier League football match between Manchester...

According to the Daily Mail, talks between West Ham United and Cardiff City over a move for Diafra Sakho have hit a stalemate.

After hitting 12 goals in 26 games in his first season with West Ham following a 2014 move from Metz, Sakho was emerging as a major goalscorer in the Premier League – but he hasn't managed to build on that.

The Senegal international has struggled with injuries in recent years, and couldn't force himself back into Slaven Bilic's immediate plans, though he remains at the London Stadium after a number of potential exits fell through.

Diafra Sakho (R) and Winston Reid of West Ham United look dejected during the Premier League match between Watford and West Ham United at Vicarage Road on November 19, 2017 in Watford,...

Despite scoring for West Ham in the 3-0 win over Stoke City on Saturday afternoon, Sakho continues to be linked with a move away from the club, with reports now offering an update on Cardiff City's pursuit.

The Daily Mail report that Sakho wants to leave West Ham in January, but talks with Cardiff have hit a stalemate over the terms involved for the striker to make a shock move to the Championship.

It's claimed that West Ham wanted a huge £15million fee to sell Sakho, whereas Cardiff wanted a loan deal with a view to purchasing the 27-year-old if promoted – but the £15million fee is too rich for Neil Warnock's side.

Alfie Mawson of Swansea City and Diafra Sakho of West Ham United battle for possession during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Swansea City at London Stadium on...

That leaves Sakho in limbo, as whilst he allegedly wants to leave West Ham, David Moyes is still giving him first-team opportunities, even if only as a substitute.

The Hammers may subsequently stick to their asking price for Sakho, with yet another transfer saga over the striker seemingly imminent.

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