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Striker threatens January walk-out if lack of playing time continues

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Striker Diafra Sakho has dealt a huge blow to West Ham after insisting he could still leave the club this January if isn’t granted more playing time by manager Slaven Bilic, reports the Daily Express.

Sakho scored the only goal as West Ham beat Swansea 1-0 at the London Stadium on Saturday, to take his total to the season to three, making him the Hammers’ joint top scorer alongside Javier Hernandez.

However, despite his impressive scoring record, the Senegalese has featured irregularly for the Hammers so far this season and while he remains focused on proving his worth, insists he could leave the club in January if his game time doesn’t pick up.

“It’s not easy to show what I can do, or prove to the people what I can do on the pitch, when I only play for 10 minutes.” said the 27-year-old.

“But I don’t need to knock on the manager’s door – I showed what I can do, I have to force my way into the team.”

Sakho infamously tried to force a move away from the London Stadium to Ligue 1 side Rennes on deadline day this summer, but was denied a move by West Ham owners David Gold and David Sullivan who insisted he stayed in East London and was not for sale.

“I was very close to leaving but now I’m here and I’m enjoying the little time I’ve had on the pitch to prove myself.

“In my head I just want to enjoy being part of this team and we will see what happens in January.”

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