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