Black Cats linked to West Ham forward Sakho

Diafra Sakho is a target for Sam Allardyce as he looks to build a squad that can avoid being in a relegation battle next season.

Black Cats linked to West Ham forward Sakho
Diafra Sakho could join up with old boss Allardyce with a move to Wearside (Photo: Getty Images)

Sunderland have been strongly linked with West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho, but sources at the Hammers are playing down the move.

Sakho was signed under Sam Allardyce when he was in charge at Upton Park, and the goalscorer has been linked with a reunion which could cost the Black Cats around £11 million.

No contact made between clubs

Claret & Hugh, a widely respected West Ham supporters site, has claimed that there has been no contact made between the clubs for Sakho or defender James Tomkins.

On the other hand, Emanuele Giaccherini’s agent is certain that he is able to get his player away from the Stadium of Light, as he is trying to set up a permanent move away from Sunderland.

The winger was loaned out last season to Serie A side Bologna and there has been claims made that he may well end up back there next season.

Giaccherini spent last season on loan at Bologna (Photo: Getty Images)
Giaccherini spent last season on loan at Bologna (Photo: Getty Images)

Agent talks about Giaccherini move

Torino and Fiorentina have also shown interest in the 31-year-old as Giaccherini will be looking to find a new club back in Italy.

“I can say that something is being done, but not by Bologna. Fiorentina and Torino are interested in the man, that’s for sure,” agent Furio Valcareggi told Radio Bologna Uno.

The agent has extended his gratitude for the Wearsiders and all they have done for Giaccherini in his tenure there, but Valcareggi told the radio station that his player wants to “take his football career as high as possible”.

Duncan Watmore in action against Everton last season (Photo: Getty Images)
Duncan Watmore in action against Everton last season (Photo: Getty Images)

Watmore delighted with award

Duncan Watmore has thanked Sunderland’s fans on the official club website for his Young Player of the Season award, nominated by the supporters.

“I really enjoyed the season and picking up the Supporters’ Young Player of the Year award was great because it’s from the fans and when it’s from them it means a lot more,” he said to safc.com.

Watmore also praised the fans for their support throughout the season, saying he “enjoyed” his football.