West Ham supporters in the Transfer Tavern are somewhat upbeat about their side’s Premier League survival chances heading into 2018, but are well aware that matches like this evening’s at home to West Brom are vital if they are to beat the drop.
David Moyes’ men ended 2017 with a thrilling 3-3 draw away at Bournemouth on Boxing Day, yet the Cherries’ 2-1 success over Everton on December 30 was enough to plunge the Hammers back into the relegation zone at the turn of the year. Nonetheless, just one defeat in five games and two victories in that time suggests that West Ham are capable of getting out of the mire in the second half of the campaign, although clashes like tonight’s at home to fellow strugglers West Brom will play a significant part in their quest for survival.
In the meantime though, there has been plenty of speculation going round to intrigue our resident Hammers fans, not least a recent report from The Guardian which suggests that Carlos Carvalhal’s Swansea City are interested in a January move for striker Diafra Sakho.
The 28-year-old made the move to East London back in 2014 and has since gone on to score 24 goals in 71 appearances for the club, four of which have come this term in what has ultimately been a frustrating campaign for the Senegal international.
The forward has failed to start a single Premier League game so far and has been an unused substitute in three of their last four matches, again throwing into doubt his future at the club just months after he looked set for a move away from the London Stadium.
And fellow strugglers Swansea City, just two points behind the Hammers in the table, are reportedly lining up a January swoop for Sakho in a bid to bolster their own attacking ranks, although whether Moyes’ side would contemplate selling to relegation rival very much remains to be seen.
Landlord’s verdict: Diafra Sakho looked set for a move away from West Ham back in the summer transfer window, only for a bizarre set of circumstances to see him remain at the club beyond the deadline.
But with no Premier League starts to his name this term, the 28-year-old’s future is again subject of speculation as we head into January, with reports suggesting that Premier League rivals Swansea City are reportedly eyeing up a move for the Senegal international.
But at just two places and two points behind David Moyes’ side in the table, the East London outfit are unlikely going to want to sell the striker to a direct relegation rival.
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