In recent times, rumours have circulated about Sunderland launching an £11 million bid for West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho.
Sam Allardyce will be hoping to guide Sunderland to a much safer finish next season, rather than hanging just above the relegation zone in 17th.
The January transfer seriously helped the manager in his battle to stay in the top flight, with players like Wahbi Khazri and Lamine Kone spurring the club to another escape from the drop, and the summer transfer window will provide more opportunities for Allardyce to strengthen his squad.
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Of course, Allardyce was the man to bring Sakho to the Hammers in the 2014-15 season, whilst he was manager at Upton Park. He paid an estimated £3.5m for the player, and once again, scouting him in the market shows the Allardyce has trust in the Senegalese's ability.
However, would Sunderland really benefit from the transfer of Sakho?
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Sakho can score goals in the Premier League. Over his two seasons, he has bagged himself 19 goals, a decent tally when considering that for most of his second season, he was plagued with injuries, and made only 23 appearances, with some being off the bench. Due to this, it is difficult to judge the seven goals he managed with Slaven Bilic's men.
It would be best to look at the time Sakho had with prospective manager Allardyce. In 26 appearances, across all competitions, the striker netted 12 goals, showing he has the ability to function within an Allardyce system. These goals could be vital to Sunderland in a relegation dog fight.
However, Sakho may be coming into a squad with lots of quality players vying to lead the line.
The most obvious challenge to Sakho's place would be Jermain Defoe. Of course, at the age of 33, you'd think Allardyce would be shrewd to be looking for someone to fill the ex-Spurs player's shoes if he begins to slow down with age.
Yet Allardyce runs the risk of not being able to provide his £11m striker with enough game time if Defoe replicates the form he showed in the 2015-16 season, where he scored 15 league goals.
Conversely, he could alienate one of his best players, Defoe, by giving Sakho more game time as striker.
The manager will also have to consider the emergence of Duncan Watmore. At 22, the striker has his best years ahead of him, and broke through into the Sunderland team this season. Allardyce will want to allow Watmore to improve and mature, and the introduction of Sakho could slash his game time.
Add on to this that Fabio Borini can play up front as well, and Allardyce seems to be adding another player to an already overcrowded position.
The manager clearly feels Sakho is a player with good ability, and that West Ham seem likely to let him go. However, Sam Allardyce will have to strike the line between competition for a position and too many players.
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