By James Strudwick

West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho has been offered a new contract with the club, on the incentive that he proves himself when he returns to full fitness, The Sun report.

The 26-year-old was on the verge of leaving the London outfit in the summer after an argument with manager Slaven Bilic and injury problems have kept him out of the Hammers’ side this term.

A chronic back issue has been one of the reasons for his absence from the senior side, however Sakho has been training with the West Ham under-23 squad to help aid his recovery.

The forward from Senegal was close to leaving the Hammers in the summer, but a proposed £15 million move to fellow Premier League team West Brom didn’t happen after he failed a medical.

“There’s a view that he will be playing to get away, that he’s looking for a big offer from another club,” an insider at the club told The Sun.

“But in fact we have had talks with Diafra and made it clear that if he starts scoring goals and is back to his best a new deal will be on the table for him.

“It’s all in his hands but the club can’t be expected to be offering a player who hasn’t been on the pitch for a long time new deals.”

Sakho’s current deal runs until 2018, however West Ham have reportedly offered him an increase to his £27,000 a week current wage if he can prove himself once he returns from injury.

The East London side bought the striker in 2014 from French club Metz for £4 million and since then he has made 44 appearances and scored 15 goals for them.

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