West Ham United Manager has played down rumours of a possible rift between him and Senegalese striker Diafra Sakho as he prepares his side to face Newcastle United at home in the Premier League tomorrow afternoon.
Speaking in response questions about the situation with Sakho, during his Pre-Newcastle Press Conference at Rush Green Training Ground, which MooreThanJustAClub were lucky enough to attend, the Scotsman stated,
“The stuff about Sakho, for all of you, was a load of rubbish, I don’t know what one of you wrote it, but I hope you’ll get what you find with me.
Moyes continued, “And I can only tell you, 100 percent inaccurate and I can’t say any more than that so, I don’t know what else I have to say to say it, but totally inaccurate”.
Reports did originally suggest that the forward, who has recently helped to guide Senegal to only their second ever World Cup, was displeased with the amount of game time he is being given under the new Boss.
Some Media outlets even went as far as claiming that Sakho believes his current lack of minutes on the pitch was down to a clause in his contract that initiates a payout of £50,000 by the club to him for every start he makes, but just what does his Manager think of this feature?
“Well, it matters to me because I think it’s more how maybe people perceive Diafra and I’ve got to say, I spoke to Diafra yesterday and he says, I don’t know where its come, I don’t know anything about it David. So, for me, I’m just saying we were really surprised about that” proclaimed the former Manchester United Boss.
The forward is yet to start a game outside of the Carabao Cup this campaign despite weighing in with four goals in all Competitions since the start of 2017/2018, making him the second highest goal-scorer for this season in East London.
Two of them have come in the League and another two in the Cup, his most recent strike capping off last Saturday’s away win at the Bet 365 Stadium in style, not scoring since September before that, however, when he popped up with a last-gasp winner at home to Swansea City.
But, he will be available for selection from the start for tomorrow’s clash with the Toon, however, one man who won’t be as confirmed by Moyes is Michail Antonio, who remains out with a calf problem.
Meanwhile, midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate could return after a few weeks on the sidelines with injury, while Skipper Mark Noble is certain to miss the game, still suffering with the hamstring injury collected in the Midlands last weekend.
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