West Ham Set to Swoop for Aston Villa Top Scorer to Replace Sakho

Chris Deeley

​West Ham look set to offload striker Diafra Sakho in the summer, and could be looking to take advantage of doomed Premier League outfit Aston Villa with a move for their top scorer Jordan Ayew.

​The Telegraph report that Sakho is doing his best to force his way out of Upton Park this summer, with the Hammers reasonably happy to let him go if they can find a suitable replacement to spearhead their attack when they move to the Olympic Stadium next season. 

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Slaven Bilic's side have been linked with moves for a number of big-name European strikers of late, as they look for a marquee signing to help them move into their new home in style. The likes of Michy Batshuayi, Christian Benteke, Wilfried Bony and Alexandre Lacazette have all been mentioned - with Sakho apparently unwilling to play second fiddle next term. 

Everton v West Ham United - Premier League
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With the 26-year-old reportedly also miffed by the size of Dimitri Payet's recent new contract, leaving the club with little choice but to cash in on the 26-year-old at the end of the season, or risk unrest in the squad. 

With Emmanuel Emenike's loan deal ending in the summer and Andy Carroll's well-publicised injury problems, the Hammers hierarchy are said to be looking for a second striker to back up their inevitable big-money buy - and Ayew appears to be high on their list. 

Ayew cost Villa £8m just last summer, but the Midlands side look set to be forced to sell a number of their bigger names as they set up for life in the Championship after one of the most disastrous campaigns in recent memory. 

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