Hammers star on radar

Crystal Palace have joined the race to sign West Ham striker Diafra Sakho, but the Hammers are refusing to sell just yet.

Crystal Palace: Hammers star on radarCrystal Palace: Hammers star on radar

Eagles boss Alan Pardew could turn his attentions to Sakho should he miss out on West Brom striker Saido Berahino, but he may have to wait as West Ham want a replacement first.

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic is said to be close to signing Carlos Bacca from AC Milan and if a deal goes through Sakho will slip down the pecking order and be allowed to move on.

The Senegal striker has handed in a transfer request at the club in order to push through a move, with Sunderland, who had an £11m offer turned down by the Hammers earlier this summer, also in the hunt.

It is thought £15million would be enough to secure a deal, but Hammers co-owner David Sullivan says he will not be allowed to leave until a replacement is brought in.

He said: “He is not for sale until we get players in. Until we bring strikers in, we simply cannot let strikers go.”

Palace also remain in the hunt for Liverpool striker Christian Benteke, but that deal looks dead in the water for now.

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