Momo money: Free agent Diame offered £7m to sign for Hammers
Sam Allardyce wants the powerful ex-Wigan midfielder to add some beef to West Ham's engine room as they return to the Premier League
Walk on... Diame saw a dream move to Liverpool vanish with Dalglish's sacking Walk on... Diame saw a dream move to Liverpool vanish with Dalglish's sacking
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is ready to hand Senegalese midfielder Momo Diame a £7million, three-year deal as he fights to win the race for his signature.
Allardyce is close to signing the former Wigan powerhouse, who is a free agent now his Latics contract has expired - and open to offers after the collapse of a move to Liverpool.
Hammers are prepared to offer such a lucrative package because they feel Diame will prove one of the best ‘Bosmans’ around if he stays for the full length of the deal and helps the Premier League-bound Londoners retain top flight status.
If Diame accept and passes a medical, he will add power to the newly-promoted club’s engine room.
The 25-year-old met then-Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish to discuss a move to Anfield just days before the Scot was sacked.
With the Kop's new boss Brendan Rodgers evidently not keen, Diame has been looking for a new home since, with Sunderland and QPR also among his admirers.
Diame passes cardiac medical as West Ham close in on midfielder
Mohamed Diame has passed a cardiac medical with a London specialist as talks continue over a move to West Ham.
Sunderland and Aston Villa remain interested in the former Wigan midfielder, 24, but Sam Allardyce is in pole position.
West Ham are to give a trial to former Real Madrid midfielder Guti, 35.
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According to the newspapers it’s been a busy week for West Ham in terms of transfers- Sam Allardyce’s been in Italy, David Gold’s been on Twitter claiming we’ve got bids for 2 players and negotiating with players on free transfers and we’ve also signed our second goalkeeper of the summer in Jussi Jaaskelainen. Here’s a quick guide to all the players we’ve been linked with.
Mohamed Diame –It’s been reported that Mohammed Diame is said to be in negotiations to join us after leaving Wigan Athletic on a free transfer. Diame has been on a number of clubs’ radars and was reported to be on the verge of a move to Liverpool before Kenny Dalglish left the club. The 24-year-old played an important for Wigan last season scoring three goals. He would definitely add something to our midfield but are players needed more pressingly in other positions?
Yakubu – He was Blackburn Rovers’ top scorer with 17 goals last season and it has been claimed that due to a relegation clause in his contract he is available for £1m. He is a great player on his day and has a good scoring record and but some fans have questioned whether he turn into another Benni McCarthy.
Matt Jarvis – Sky Sports have reported that we have had a £4 million bid for Matt Jarvis turned down by Wolverhampton Wanderers. It’s not surprising that Wolves want more for one of their most bankable assets. Jarvis has yet to confirm his intentions
for next season but if he wants to add to his solitary England Cap then he may have to return to the Premiership. He’s still young (26) and has an eye for goal (8 goals last season) and would be a good signing at the right price.
- Eljero Elia/ Milos Krasic / Luc Castaignos – According to Sky Sports Italy Sam Allardyce has been spotted there and is reported to be talking business with a number of Italian clubs. Apparently one of the players he is keen on is Dutch international left winger Eljero Elia. Elia has had a transfer request accepted and could be an alternative to Matt Jarvis. Another Juventus player West Ham are linked with is right winger Milos Krasic. The 27 year old Serb had a good debut season at the Italian club but fell out of favour last season making only seven appearances. He would be a great signing but will probably prefer a move to the likes of Liverpool. Another Italian based player we’ve been linked with is Inter Milan striker Luc Castaignos. Castaignos is only 19 and a great prospect but might prefer a loan move back to Holland.
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Danny Simpson – We’ve also been linked with Newcastle right-back Danny Simpson along with a number of other clubs such as a QPR and Fulham. Simpson is expected to leave St James Park this summer and has reportedly to have turned a contract offer. Again this is a position many of us want strengthening especially with Julien Faubert leaving!
Victor Wanyama – Along with Liverpool, Stoke City and Newcastle United we’ve been linked with Wanyama. The 20-year-old Kenyan central defender/midfielder is at Celtic and scored four goals last season. He cost Celtic £900k last summer but Celtic reportedly want closer to £5-6m for him. He looks to be a similar
type of player to Diame so I think we will only try to sign of 1 of the 2 players.
Modibo Maiga – We are also reportedly in the chase for 25 year old Sochaux & Mali striker who is rated at £4 million. He scored nine goals in 17 starts last season – including five in his last seven matches but there are question marks of his overall fitness including a long term knee injury.
Chelsea are ready to snatch France's 26-year-old right-back Mathieu Debuchy of Lille from under Newcastle's noses.
Out-of-favour midfielder Alberto Aquilani will not be allowed to tear up his Liverpool contract, but Joe Coe is set for a second chance at the Reds.
Manchester United are watching Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara, 21, and remain keen on Tottenham's Luka Modric.
Everton are trailing Mario Mandzukic, 26, who has been one of the stars of Euro 2012 so far with three goals in two games for Croatia.
Manchester City's hopes of snaring Thiago Silva from AC Milan were reduced to virtually zero, after the Italian side rejected a £37m bid for the 27-year-old from Paris Saint Germain.
Michael Owen, 32, has decided on a move to Stoke City despite interest from Everton.
Stoke City are chasing Fulham midfielder Dickson Etuhu, 30, but Martin Jol's side will want £1.5m before letting him leave Craven Cottage.
West Ham are set to hand out-of-contract Mohammed Diame, 25, a three-year deal worth £7m as they look to add to their midfield options.
Arsenal are leading the chase to sign Real Madrid's 22-year-old star Joselu.
Chelsea have had a £20m bid for Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic, 22, rejected, according to reports.
New Swansea boss Michael Laudrup will make Denmark and Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner his main transfer target this summer.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has told fellow Scot Alan Hutton he has no future at Villa Park.
Poland defender Damien Perquis, 28, has been ruled out of Saturday's crucial Euro 2012 match against Czech Republic with injury.
Shay Given may retire from international football
Russian hooligans have threatened to take on their Polish counterparts ahead of Saturday's final Group A games.
Shay Given, 36, may call time on his international career after the Republic of Ireland's poor showing at Euro 2012.
Croatia's stars are furious with Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon for suggesting they may try to fix their final group game against Spain to ensure a 2-2 draw which would knock Italy out even if they beat the Republic of Ireland.
Glenn Hoddle has expressed his surprise at Harry Redknapp's sacking as Tottenham manager - claiming the decision cannot have been based solely on footballing reasons.
Birmingham have Roy Keane on a four-man short-list for their manager's job - even though, unlike the other three people on it, he has not actually applied.
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Injury-prone midfielder Owen Hargreaves, 31, is considering whether to call time on his career.
Tottenham have now formally spoken with former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas about their managerial vacancy.
Damien Comolli could be set for a shock return to Tottenham as director of football.
Tottenham are set to hand Tim Sherwood the role of director of football at White Hart Lane.
John Toshack's endorsement of Michael Laudrup persuaded Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins to hand the Dutchman the Swans' manager's job.
Blackburn Rovers secretary Anthony Bloch is understood to have become the latest casualty of Venky's chaotic regime.
Despite being just hours away from Friday's Euro 2012 clash in Kiev, the fans of both England and Sweden joined together for a heart-warming rendition of Oasis classic 'Wonderwall' in the city square.
RYAN NELSEN has reunited with Mark Hughes after signing a one-year deal with QPR.
The Kiwi, 34, played eight times for Spurs last season and wanted to link up with his old Blackburn boss Sparky.
He said: “I owe Mark pretty much everything.”
NOTTS COUNTY have signed keeper Bartosz Bialkowski on a free transfer from Southampton.
The Pole, 24, has penned a three-year deal. He said: “I’m really excited to be here, to join such a big club as Notts County.”
CHRIS BAIRD has vowed to fight for his Fulham place after being linked with his old club Southampton.
The defender, 30, made just 13 league starts last season.
But a pal said: “Chris is happy at Fulham. He just wants to play.”
WOLVES will sign ‘mentally broken’ Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson on July 16 in a four-year £2.4million deal.
Sigurdarson, 21, has rowed with his club Lillestrom who want him to play three more games as they battle against relegation.
He Tweeted: “Board forcing me to stay! Mentally broken. Want to leave.”
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