When asked about signing a striker Van Gaal stated "A surprise? Yes he's in the process."
Since Louis Van Gaal revealed that he is close to signing a mystery striker the press have linked him with many big names, from Benzema to Llorente and even Zlatan Ibrahimovic. However one name that has disappeared from these rumours recently is West Ham frontman Diafra Sakho. The Senegalese international made a fantastic start to his West Ham career, scoring 12 goals in an injury stricken year which limited him to just 23 appearances.
A hidden gem?
The 25-year-old was thought to be a target for Manchester United at the start of the transfer window, but the rumours have since died down. Sakho only arrived at West Ham last season for a bargain fee of £3.5m, however with David Gold announcing they have no intention to sell their top scorer Van Gaal will struggle to get a cheap deal. However it is true that every player has his price and if a bid of £15m or more comes in Bilic will have to take it very seriously.
What would he bring?
Should he make the move up north he will probably replicate the transfer of Demba Ba to Chelsea, playing a bit part role in the club. In this sort of scenario it all comes down to the money against loyalty debate and, unless Sakho can really prove he is United quality, any transfer could stall his career significantly.
However for Van Gaal the deal would be largely beneficial as he would be able to secure a proven goal scorer as a back up to Rooney, something he needs following the departure of Robin Van Persie and Radamel Falcao.
However a long term back injury could cause concern for the United chief, as well as a fiery attitude which saw him receive a three match ban in the Europa League qualifying.
Sakho out, Hernandez in?
Van Gaal may hold the key to the deal in Mexican forward Javier Hernandez. The striker, who spent last season on loan at Real Madrid, is a target for Slaven Bilic who could attempt to trade Sakho for Hernandez, and potentially gather a small fee at the same time. Both players have fantastic scoring records and are valuable assets to either side.