Filed: Wednesday, 23rd January 2013
By: Staff Writer
West Ham United have offered Momo Diame a second new contract offer - whilst giving him until the weekend to accept.
Diame, who has been linked with a string of clubs in recent weeks despite no formal approach having been received by West Ham, was offered a new deal at the beginning of the month.
Having rejected that offer (an increase of £5,000 per week), West Ham have returned with a new deal said to be worth £50,000 per week - a 20 per cent increase on his existing contract. However the 25-year-old has been told that the offer only remains on the table until the end of the week.
A West Ham source told SportsDirect News this morning: "We will do everything in our power to keep Mo at this club. We absolutely love him and are going the extra mile.
"We have now upped the offer on the table to £50,000 - an increase of £10,000 on his current contract. We also want the escape clause removed entirely."
It is that minimum fee release clause - said to be just £3.5million - that has drawn interest from a number of potential suitors - one of which, Arsenal, host West Ham and Diame at the Emirates tonight.
Claims by the Daily Mail that Diame is ready to report West Ham United to FIFA for 'foul play' were also dismissed by the SDN source. The Mail suggested that Diame was ready to turn to the game's governing body having decided to leave the Boleyn Ground but being prevented from talking to other clubs.
Diame signed a three-year contract with West Ham last June having signed on a free transfer after his contract with Wigan Athletic expired. However he insisted upon the insertion of a minimum fee release clause.
The Hammers are Diame's fifth club since he started his professional career in France with Lens B back in 2005.
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