sport news Diafra Sakho joins list of bizarre deadline day stories

It is fair to say that the summer transfer deadline day of 2017 will be remembered more for the deals that failed to go through than any business that was completed in England, at least.

While the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Virgil van Dijk and Ross Barkley stole the headlines with their high profile on-off moves away from their respective clubs, Diafra Sakho did his best to steal the limelight.

The West Ham striker was due to report to the club's Chadwell Heath training ground at 11am on Wednesday, but instead boarded a flight to Rennes as he sought to push through a deadline day move.

Sakho was keen to join Rennes but had a medical in France without West Ham's permission

Sakho was keen to join Rennes but had a medical in France without West Ham's permission

Sakho's transfer talks with West Ham were held up due to his agent's horse racing

Sakho's transfer talks with West Ham were held up due to his agent's horse racing

Sakho, who came on  as a substitute for the Hammers in the 3-0 defeat by Newcastle at St James' Park last Saturday, appeared to take matters into his own hands by travelling to France where he had a medical and agreed personal terms with the Ligue 1 club.

The striker then hoped to return to West Ham to outline his 'off-field personal issues', but the saga took a bizarre twist when he turned up at Chelmsford Racecourse on his return to England.

The Senegalese international arrived back in the early afternoon, but took a detour before meeting West Ham bosses so his agent, Mark McKay, could watch a racehorse he owns in action.

The diversion paid off as 9-2 favourite Siege of Boston won the 3.20 - and Sakho's £100 bet on his agent's horse earned him a £550 win. 

Sakho landed at Southend Airport on Thursday at 2.20pm and headed for Chelmsford

Sakho landed at Southend Airport on Thursday at 2.20pm and headed for Chelmsford

The striker watched on from the car park, phone in hand, while winning a nice little profit

The striker watched on from the car park, phone in hand, while winning a nice little profit

Having been on the phone to West Ham in a car park during the race, Sakho was then driven to the London Stadium where he and his representatives attempted to find a solution.

The situation was complicated further by David Gold and David Sullivan being away on holiday, meaning the player could not speak directly about his problems on his return with West Ham's co-owners.

But after talks, Sakho may now be in line for a new contract with the Hammers after being handed reassurances over his personal issues, with the player stating his 'total respect' for fans while understanding the reasons for staying put.

But Sakho's is not the first bizarre transfer deadline day whirlwind adventure, as Sportsmail revisits a few classic tales from bygone years. 

Hammers co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan were not in England during the saga

Hammers co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan were not in England during the saga

The Senegalese international sorted out his problems to commit his future to West Ham

The Senegalese international sorted out his problems to commit his future to West Ham

Peter Odemwingie (West Brom to QPR in January 2013)

Still the undisputed champion of deadline day's power play, Odemwingie took it upon himself to drive to London from West Brom and spoke of his excitement about joining QPR.

He rolled down his window and told Sky Sports: 'It's a new chapter to start in my life. I love West Brom and always will. I think every football fan is excited to see if we're going to make it or not but we're optimistic about it.

'We have some good players here and I'm happy with the trust that Harry Redknapp is giving me.' 

Unfortunately, the Nigerian would discover his club hadn't given him permission to speak Redknapp, and the striker returned to The Hawthorns with his tail between his legs.  

Peter Odemwingie wished West Brom the best for the future as he headed to complete a move

Peter Odemwingie wished West Brom the best for the future as he headed to complete a move

But the Nigerian did not join QPR with no fee agreed between themselves and West Brom

But the Nigerian did not join QPR with no fee agreed between themselves and West Brom

Benjani (Portsmouth to Manchester City in January 2008)

Portsmouth striker Benjani deserves his place on any list of bizarre deadline day goings-on after inexplicably missing two flights from Southampton airport to

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