Arsene Wenger’s pursuit of West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame could bear fruit this week with reports in the Daily Mail claiming that the Senegalese wants a move to the North London club. Sam Allardyce is also displeased with the 25 year-old after he turned up late for a team meeting last week and the Hammers could consider offloading the defensive midfielder.
Allardyce had summoned a 7 a.m. meeting at their training centre to discuss their shortcomings in Wednesday night’s 5-1 thumping at Arsenal. Diame faced the brunt of Allardyce’s wrath after turning up an hour late for the meeting. The midfielder now has his heart set on a move to Arsenal and the Gunners could also take advantage of the situation to trigger the £3.5 million buyout clause in his contract.
West Ham were earlier understood to be unwilling to sell their star and were trying to double the player’s release clause with a new deal to ward off interest from Arsenal as well as their North London rivals Tottenham. However, talks of a new contract have hit a roadblock and after a fallout with Allardyce, the enforcer could be on his way out of Upton Park this winter.