In Focus: West Ham striker Sakho set to go, but Cardiff move would be surprising

According to reports in the Daily Mail, West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho is a January target for Championship side Cardiff City, and he has a £12m price tag on his head.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Daily Mail says that after seeing a summer move to Rennes fall through, the 27-year-old is still keen to leave the Irons in search of regular first-team football.

The Senegal international did feature as a substitute in the win against Chelsea at the weekend, but he wants a frest start elsewhere.

The Daily Mail says that Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock, who has led the Welsh outfit to second in the Championship table, is keen to strengthen his side in the New Year to help them in their battle to win promotion, and has earmarked Sakho as the man to do that.

How has Sakho done this season?

The striker has made 15 appearances in all competition for West Ham this term – although the majority of those have come from the substitutes’ bench – scoring three goals and providing a further assist.

However, even in the absence of Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez in recent weeks the Senegal international still hasn’t been handed the lone role up top by David Moyes, with the Scot preferring Andre Ayew or Michail Antonio there.

Will West Ham sell Sakho in January?

It seems likely, yes.

With Carroll, Hernandez, Ayew, Antonio and Marko Arnautovic all able to play as a striker, it would appear as though Sakho could make way in the New Year.

Moyes will certainly be looking to boost his January budget in any way he can and if he was able to get £12m for the Senegal international, then he would surely take it given that he hasn’t started the centre-forward in recent weeks.

It would allow the Scot to strengthen in midfield and defence – areas that look to need more work than in attack given the options the east London outfit has there.

Will he join Cardiff?

If the Bluebirds stump up £12m then it could be a possibility, but you would expect the striker to return to Ligue 1 given he was so desperate to join Rennes during the summer transfer window.