Sakho Departs For Rennes As Ulloa Re-Joins Brighton

West Ham striker Diafra Sakho has reportedly finalised a deal that will keep him in Rennes for two-and-a-half years.

The 28-year-old joined West Ham from Metz in a £3.5m move back in 2014 and the latest move is believed to be in the region of £4.5 million and a further £3.5 million in add-ons.

According to Sky Sports News, Sakho passed his medical on Sunday, with the fee already agreed on and the transfer was confirmed on Monday.

“I am very happy to join Rennes and Ligue 1,” Sakho told his new club’s official website.

“I never wanted to join another club than Rennes.

“The president [Olivier Letang] has worked hard for my transfer. I felt it and his speech convinced me to join the club. It is a historic club, structured with great ambitions.

“I also spoke with the coach [Sabri Lamouchi] and talked about the sports project. It’s a great joy and a great pride to join Rennes. I hope to bring my qualities to the group and participate in the success of the club in the second half of the season and for the next.”

Rennes have tracked the Sakho for many months and came close to signing him on the penultimate day of the last transfer window.

The Senegal international ends his time at the London Stadium where he is unhappy under David Moyes and let the Hammers know he planned to go despite their injury crisis. He has made just four appearances for the Hammers this season.

Ulloa on a second stint with Brighton

Elsewhere, Leonardo Ulloa has re-joined Brighton from Leicester City on a season-long loan deal.

Ulloa decided on making the move after falling down the pecking order in Leicester, a club he joined in a club-record deal back in 2014.

In his first stint at Brighton, the Argentine striker scored 26 goals in 58 matches for Brighton in eighteen months following a move from Spanish side Almeria.

 

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