With apparent interest this winter for Mohamed Diame from several Premier League clubs it will be interesting to see whether the speculation continues in the next transfer window. However Diame won’t be the only potential exit from Upton Park.
For the first time in ages, it’s been pleasant to see who we’ve been looking to bring in instead of who we would constantly be selling. But with the likes of Winston Reid and Mo Diame improving every game will West Ham fans be dreading the summer transfer window once again.
You have the usual players who don’t get played that will be released at the end of the season, like the releases of Abdoulaye Faye and Papa Bouba Diop. However I can’t see anyone in the first team squad being released as they are either too young or players that may fall in that category like Gary O’Neil have been played this year and have done a decent job.
Then we have the players that will be sold. This year though I am not as worried as the co-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold seem to know what they are doing and listen to what the fans want.
The rumours of Alan Pardew wanting James Tomkins and if Mark Noble will be leaving I’m sure will be as rife as ever but I can’t see any dramatic changes out of the squad this year.
The only small shock if we were to sell any one would be the selling of Mo Diame and let’s face it, that’s not really a surprise, is it. The horrible thing is, if QPR do stay up, I can see him being tempted by them with their huge wages as I don’t think Arsenal were ever really interested and it was just agent talk.
Summer signing Alou Diarra will also leave at the end of the season, which for me personally is a shame. Yes, his words about Sam Allardyce didn’t help anyone but the games he played I thought he did a great job. His lack of interest in staying at the club will bring in interest from Spain or Italy and I can’t see Big Sam wanting to keep someone who could disrupt a team with good morale.
These are two players that I feel won’t be at the club next year for certain but with rumours and panic buys late in the transfer window, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the likes of Modibo Maiga and even Carlton Cole, who has a lot of interest, leave the Boleyn gates.
Of course though, players going out the door will also be affected on players bought into the club so I could be completely wrong. My Maiga opinion only being if we signed another striker and hopefully a proven goal scorer!