Diafra Sakho
Diafra Sakho has netted five goals in his first five West Ham starts Getty Images/Jamie McDonald

West Ham United forward Diafra Sakho could have joined Queens Park Rangers during the summer transfer window, according to the player's agent.

The Senegal international has scored in each of his first five starts for the Hammers since joining the club from Pachuca in the summer transfer window, his latest goal coming in the 2-0 win over QPR at Upton Park on Sunday 5 October.

But the player's agent, Matt McKay, said Sakho could have been playing for Rangers had Harry Redknapp's side taken up an option on the 24-year-old, with West Ham co-owner David Sullivan stepping in to secure the deal.

"Diafra Sakho has been a revelation for West Ham and a lot of the credit must go to David Sullivan for signing him," McKay told Sky Sports.

"West Ham almost missed out on signing him as initially they wanted him on loan and Metz were never going to agree to that.

"A lot of people were also putting off Sam Allardyce from signing him saying his attitude was not right and that he was not good enough for West Ham and that was very unfair on the boy.

"He was actually recommended to QPR's chief scout and offered to them but that fell on deaf ears.

"However, David Sullivan was determined to sign him and he went to great lengths to get the deal done.

"I am glad he is playing well for Sam Allardyce and scoring goals and the West Ham fans must be happy David Sullivan worked so hard to bring Sakho to the club."

Sakho marked his full West Ham debut with a goal against Sheffield United in the League Cup before scoring in the Premier League against Hull City, Liverpool and Manchester United prior to heading home the second against QPR.

With Andy Carroll out for the foreseeable future with an ankle injury, Sakho is spearheading the club's goal threat alongside fellow new signing Enner Valencia, helping the club to three wins in their opening seven games.