West Ham United have made their seventh signing of the season as they snapped up Senegal striker Diafra Sakho from FC Metz on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.
Sakho, 24, scored 20 goals in 36 appearances last season as Metz romped to the Ligue 2 title. The African netted 43 goals in the last two seasons, helping Metz to achieve back-to-back promotions to Ligue 1.
A statement on the West Ham website read: "West Ham United are delighted to announce the signing of striker Diafra Sakho from FC Metz on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee."
Sakho told West Ham TV: "This is a proud day to have signed for West Ham, I really love English football and I've dreamed of coming to play for one of the big English clubs. Today, West Ham have given me that opportunity and I didn't hesitate to grab it.
"I'm looking forward to playing. It's more than a month now that I've been training for this and right now I think I'd be ready to pull on the Club colours. I've come here to continue as I was at Metz. I'm going to give it my all, going flat out on the pitch and I think the fans will appreciate that."
Sakho was handed his senior international debut by Senegal in a friendly Burkina Faso in May 2014 and netted his first goal for his country in a 3-1 win over Kosovo just a few days later.