Premier League club Sunderland have placed an £11 million bid for West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho, according to Sky Sports.
The Black Cats, who managed to escape relegation at the expense of city rivals Newcastle United and Norwich City, have already started their preparation for the next campaign.
Sam Allardyce, who is known as the specialist to save teams from relegation, was appointed mid-season by the club following the dismissal of Dick Advocaat, and once again, he lived up to expectation and guided his club to safety from a tricky position.
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According to reports, the 61-year-old has identified that his team’s attack will need to perform better if they are to survive in the top tier of English football next season.
Sunderland's attack was heavily dependent on veteran striker Jermain Defoe in the relegation battle last season, who alone, scored 15 out of 48 goals during the campaign.
Knowing the need of another striker, the former West Ham boss is understandably looking to reunite with one of his former players, Sakho, who was signed by the Hammers in 2014, when the 61-year-old was in charge at Upton Park, for £3.5 million from Ligue 1 club Metz.
The 26-year-old had a good first season under Allardyce, where he managed to score 10 goals.
However, after current manager Slaven Bilic replaced the 61-year-old at the club, the Senegal international has found it hard to work under the former Besiktas manager, and only managed to score five goals last season.
It is believed that Bilic wants to increase attacking options for next season, and is already linked with Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, and AC Milan’s Carlos Bacca, but it is unclear whether they will let the 26-year-old leave before finding any suitable replacement before the start of 2016/17 season.
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