Why didn’t West Ham let Diafra Sakho leave and target Loic Remy in his place?

Slaven Bilic, Manager of West Ham United gives his team instructions during a Pre Season Friendly between Manchester City and West Ham United at the Laugardalsvollur stadium on August 4,...

Sakho’s antics ensured West Ham United were in the deadline-day limelight for the wrong reasons.

Diafra Sakho of West Ham celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at White Hart Lane on...

West Ham United did not make a signing on deadline day, but remained in the news bulletins thanks to Diafra Sakho, who ensured there was a tough end to the window for the Hammers.

The striker flew to France without permission to try to force a move to Ligue 1 Rennes, according to a report by the Daily Mail, before returning to England to watch his agent’s horse run in the 15:20 at Chelmsford.

Ashley Williams of Everton and Diafra Sakho of West Ham United   during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Everton at the London Stadium on April 22, 2017 in Stratford,...

Eventually, he held talks with West Ham, and is now set to stay in east London, at least until January.

However, with his desire to stay at the London Stadium clearly now questionable, would Slaven Bilic have been better off sanctioning a sale to Rennes and replacing Sakho?

With a former West Ham target now completing a free transfer to Spain, it can certainly be argued he should have considered it.

As reported by the Sun, Loic Remy has been released by Chelsea in order to join La Liga side Las Palmas on a free.

Loic Remy of Crystal Palace is surrounded by Gael Clichy, Fabian Delph and Nolito of Manchester City during the The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Crystal Palace and Manchester...

Sky Sports reported that the striker was on the Irons’ radar back in 2016 and, despite recent troubles with the Blues and on loan at Crystal Palace last term, he would have been a perfect replacement for Sakho.

With 28 Premier League goals in 79 appearances, the Frenchman’s impact and experience would have made him a fantastic third option behind Javier Hernandez and Andy Carroll.

Instead, Bilic is stuck with a striker who clearly does not want to be there.

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