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West Ham aid striker problems with Sakho signing

ESPN staff
August 15, 2014
Diafra Sakho was a prolific scorer for Metz in the French leagues © Getty Images

West Ham have made their seventh signing of the summer by snapping up Senegal striker Diafra Sakho from FC Metz for an undisclosed fee.

Sakho, 24, scored 20 goals in 36 appearances last season as Metz romped to the Ligue 2 title. The African netted 43 goals in the last two seasons, helping Metz to achieve back-to-back promotions to France's top division.

Sakho, who has signed a four-year deal, told West Ham TV: "This is a proud day to have signed for West Ham, I really love English football and I've dreamed of coming to play for one of the big English clubs. Today, West Ham have given me that opportunity and I didn't hesitate to grab it.

"I'm looking forward to playing. It's more than a month now that I've been training for this and right now I think I'd be ready to pull on the Club colours. I've come here to continue as I was at Metz. I'm going to give it my all, going flat out on the pitch and I think the fans will appreciate that."

Sakho was handed his senior international debut by Senegal in a friendly Burkina Faso in May and netted his first goal for his country in a 3-1 win over Kosovo a few days later.

The signing of Sakho will aid West Ham's striker problems after injury-prone Andy Carroll was ruled out until December with an ankle injury picked up on the club's pre-season tour of New Zealand.

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