Diafra Sakho has left West Ham United to join French Ligue 1 side Stade Rennais, the club has confirmed on its official website.
The Senegal international departs for an undisclosed fee, although the Evening Standard have reported it to be around the £8 million mark.
Fan reaction to this news has been largely one-sided, with most supporters pleased to see the back of a player who was rumoured to be causing dressing-room unrest and who had failed to start a Premier League game this season.
Sakho’s transfer brings to an end his three-and-a-half years with the Hammers and whilst his career in East London started promisingly, he will likely be remembered for the controversy of his latter days in claret and blue.
The 28-year-old netted 10 league goals in his first campaign, but only added a further eight in the top flight before penning a deal with Rennes on Monday.
Injuries certainly played their part in restricting his influence, but a perceived poor attitude and lack of commitment when he did feature also helped to sour his relationship with the Irons faithful.
Sakho showed an eye for goal during his time with West Ham but ultimately found himself behind the likes of Marko Arnautovic, Michail Antonio, Javier Hernandez and Andy Carroll in the striking pecking order at the London Stadium.
His final tally of 24 strikes in 71 appearances across all competitions, roughly a strike every three games, does not gloss over the general ill feeling towards the forward.
Many fans have taken to social media to express their delight at getting rid of Sakho, although there have been some who have sympathised with the former Metz hitman and feel that he has been mistreated by the West Ham hierarchy.
The best of the reaction from Twitter to his departure can be found below:
Cannot beleive people supporting Sakho, he's far worse a snake than Lé Snake, has caused nothing but problems for two seasons and ultimately was involved with Songs exit and possibly even bilic's good riddance to vermin…
— Philip 父 Wilkinson 父 (@PW57WHU) January 28, 2018
Sakho made some recovery from a month long injury to pass that medical.
Lies lies lies, don’t blame the chap one bit for leaving !
Same old West Ham
— Stevie “WHU” Sizzle (@TheSullis) January 29, 2018
Sakho prime example of player being kept at a club against his will. Clubs should be able to hold players to contracts but sad truth is you have to just get rid. #WHU
— Munky (@IAmTheMunky) January 29, 2018
Good luck Sakho, thanks for the memories and hope you get your chances at Rennais pic.twitter.com/vNPdTZobKE
— West Ham Law (@WHU_LAW) January 29, 2018
Sorry but Diafra Sakho can do one, this one isn’t getting all sentimental because he ONLY earned £30k a week or scored in the final game at UP.
He acted like a complete weapon the majority of his time at the club, good riddance
— Turner's No.7 (@whu647580) January 29, 2018
I'm over the moon to see the back of Sakho. Troubled individual who constantly gave us grief. Diafra would be nothing if it wasnt for West Ham yet he constantly demanded more money for nothing in return. disrespectful, bang average striker with a chip on his shoulder.
— Dave Walker (SD&CC) (@davewalkersdcc) January 28, 2018
— Jon (@JDL_1989) January 29, 2018
— West_Ham_Untied ⚒️ (@West_Ham_Untied) January 28, 2018
— donnerthehammer (@donthehammer1) January 29, 2018
See ya Sakho #COYI
— JM (@JoshMorrell) January 29, 2018