West Brom are reportedly set to pounce for West Ham striker Diafra Sakho if he snubs Sunderland over Sam Allardyce’s uncertain future.
The 26-year-old Senegal international is set to leave the Olympic Stadium this summer having handed in a transfer request at the end of last season.
Sunderland have already had an initial £11million bid rejected by the Hammers as Allardyce looks to be reunited with Sakho having signed him from Metz in summer 2014 when he was in charge of the east Londoners.
It was suggested that West Ham wanted to find a suitable replacement before they would contemplate letting Sakho leave and with Carlos Bacca now on the verge of sealing a move from AC Milan, it will pave the way clear for a deal to commence.
However, there are now question marks over Allardyce’s future at the Stadium of Light as he is being heavily tipped to become the next England manager.
In the meantime, Albion boss Tony Pulis is looking to bring in a new forward this summer and reports say he could steal Sakho from under the Black Cats’ noses.
It’s thought Sakho would like to work with Allardyce on Wearside but does not want to commit to a move if he is then playing under a new manager when the new season gets under way in a month’s time.