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West Ham striker 'held on suspicion of assault'

The 25-year-old from Senegal was reportedly arrested last Thursday. Credit: PA

West Ham forward Diafra Sakho has been arrested on suspicion of assault, it has been reported.

The 25-year-old from Senegal was reportedly arrested last Thursday, three days before he played 89 minutes in West Ham's shock opening day 2-0 victory over Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League.

Police held the player on suspicion of attacking a girlfriend in east London, says a report in The Sun.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Officers from Tower Hamlets have arrested a man on suspicion of common assault, criminal damage and malicious communication.

"The 25-year-old was arrested on Thursday 6 August at an address in Emerson Park, Hornchurch.

"He was taken to an east London police station and has been bailed to a date in late September."

West Ham declined to comment on the story.

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Bilic hoping Carroll will be fit in time to face Liverpool

Carroll could be fit by next month. Credit: PA

Slaven Bilic is hopeful of having Andy Carroll fit in as little as three weeks - with the West Ham boss revealing the trip to Liverpool is a realistic target.

"Andy Carroll is doing really well," said Bilic.

"He will be joining the squad in terms of training with the team very soon. It is easy to predict (when he will be fit) but it is also hard - I ask the simple questions to our medical department but it is hard for them.

"He has been working for a few weeks but last week he was doing individual stuff without any problems so now the injury is gone. We just have to bring him in slowly, but as soon as possible to gain fitness.

"It should be, the target the medical department told me, Liverpool or Newcastle which is the fourth or fifth game of the season."

West Ham crash out of Europa League

Bilic's side are out of Europe. Credit: PA

Slaven Bilic watched from the stands as his Europa League gamble ended with West Ham going bust and crashing out to Astra Giurgiu on Thursday night.

The Hammers boss left a host of first-team players at home ahead of this tie - despite the fact it was hanging in the balance following a 2-2 draw at Upton Park a week ago.

Bilic was sent to the stands late on in that game and was not in the dugout as his Romanian roll of the dice did not see his side come up trumps - with Astra captain Constantin Budescu scoring twice in four first-half minutes to cancel out Manuel Lanzini's early opener and seal a memorable 2-1 win for the hosts.

Slaven Bilic stood by his decision to rest a host of first-team regulars: "You can't be sorry," he said, "You can't be like that. When you make a decision you stand by it and you know the consequences."

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West Ham hopeful on permanent Song deal

Song looks set to return to West Ham permanently from Barcelona. Credit: PA

Slaven Bilic insists West Ham have not given up on completing a permanent deal for Barcelona midfielder Alex Song.

Former Arsenal star Song will miss three months with ankle trouble, leaving the ex-Cameroon midfielder haggling with the Hammers over the length of a permanent contract.

Song spent last season on loan at Upton Park, and Barcelona are ready to let him return on a free transfer - but new West Ham boss Bilic admitted talks are ongoing with the 27-year-old.

"We are in contact but it's not for the media yet," he said.

West Ham re-sign Arsenal defender on loan

West Ham have re-signed Arsenal full-back Carl Jenkinson on a season-long loan - with the England international also penning a new long-term deal with the Gunners.

Jenkinson, 23, impressed whilst on loan at Upton Park last season and will now return to form part of Slaven Bilic's squad.

He featured in 32 of West Ham's Premier League games and will again be looking to add more Premier League experience under his belt whilst away from the Emirates Stadium.

"I'm really happy to be back after last year," Jenkinson told West Ham's official website. "It was a good season for the club and a good season for myself."

West Ham safely through despite Sakho dismissal

The Hammers were never troubled by their Andorran opponents. Credit: PA

West Ham progressed into the second round of qualifying for this season's Europa League, with Terry Westley hailing their victory over FC Lusitans as "mission accomplished".

The Hammers were 3-0 up heading to Andorra, but any thoughts of a simple evening were expelled when Diafra Sakho, who scored two of those goals, was sent off with less than 15 minutes gone.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, the visitors still sealed a 1-0 win on the night as Elliot Lee grabbed his first senior West Ham goal to complete a 4-0 aggregate victory.

Westley, who was again in charge of the team even though new boss Slaven Bilic travelled with the team and took up a place in the dug-out, was again pleased with how the team performed.

"Mission accomplished, you would say, over the two legs," he said.

Middlesbrough in sensational swoop for West Ham winger

Downing could be heading back to Teesside. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough are hoping to pull off a sensational swoop to bring Stewart Downing back to Teesside this week.

Boro are in talks with West Ham over the 30-year-old England international, who began his career with his home-town club after emerging as one of its Academy's star graduates.

Press Association Sport understands the player would not be averse to a return to the Riverside Stadium if he proves to be surplus to requirement at Upton Park as new manager Slaven Bilic re-shapes his squad.

However, should that be the case, Sunderland, with whom Downing had a loan spell earlier in his career, too have an interest in him and can offer him Barclays Premier League, rather than Sky Bet Championship football.

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