Sakho has 'balanced his head' at West Ham, says Slaven Bilic

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The Senegal international tried to force a move away from the Hammers over the summer and his gaffer says the f has put that episode behind him

Diafra Sakho has 'balanced his head' at West Ham, according to manager Slaven Bilic.

The 27-year-old had a medical at French outfit Rennes on the last day of the summer transfer window, but a deal did not materialise seeing him return to the Hammers.

And after posting impressive performances for the London Stadium side, the Croatian tactician believes the Senegal international has finally settled down to work at the club.

“Sakho, there have been stories about him in the transfer window and all that, but he stayed and he’s balanced his head here,” Bilic told club website

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“He is training good and that’s why he is playing in most of the games because he looks good and sharp in training. That’s why he came on, on Saturday, and he did his job. That’s why he’s in my plans.

“I spoke to him a couple of times but it’s more about him. His problem was that the whole of last season, he was out and he was injured and had problems and an operation. Now he feels fit and he is training better and more regularly and, because he is training better, I am using him and that is balancing his head.

“We didn’t want to let him go. He had a couple of talks with the Chairman and with me and it all helped, but it was mostly him because if the person doesn’t want to do it, you can’t make it good enough to play the game. It was him who wanted to be here, for him and for us," he concluded.