West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho is close to completing an £8m move to Ligue 1 side Rennes after passing his medical, according to Sky Sports.
The Ligue 1 giants are willing to sanction £4.5m up front for the Senegalese and £3.5m in add-ons. Our Football News sources understood Sakho passed his medical on Sunday with the fee already agreed.
Rennes have been monitoring the Senegal international for many months and were closing to signing him on the final day of the transfer window.
West Ham rejected an initial bid of £6m the Ligue 1 side a week ago but it seems the striker, who has been told he can leave, will soon face the exit door at London stadium he joined from Metz in the summer of 2014 for £3.5m.
Premier League rivals Crystal Palace and Swansea City have also been linked with the 28-year-old, along with Bordeaux’s new boss Gus Poyet.
Sakho has registered just four appearances for the Hammers this season. The club co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold were confronted by angry fans following the club’s Saturday 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Championship side Wigan Athletic, according Sky sources.
The fans expressed their disappointment at the club having so far signed Joao Mario – on loan from Inter Milan – this January transfer month.
Sullivan, however, insists the Hammers are working hard to make further new signings before the transfer window closes on Wednesday.
He told the club’s website:
“I have been made aware of reports suggesting that there will be no more players joining the club this month due to funding not being available.
“Nothing could be further from the truth.
“The manager David Moyes has the board’s full backing in this window and, together, we continue to work night and day to bring in players to add quality and depth to the squad, despite January being a difficult time to do business.”
West Ham United are also having to deal with the sending off of Arthur Masuaku’s dismissal for spitting at Nick Powell in the FA Cup tie at Wigan.
The Frenchman was sent off in the 49th minute following a collision at the side of the pitch. He apologized for his actions on Sunday.