Mohamed Diamé came to West Ham on a free transfer in 2012. Last season he was brilliant, he was a tough holding midfielder who would go on runs until his lungs exploded and had an air of excitement when he touched the ball. In the last January transfer window he was linked with a move to Arsenal, it was a ongoing soap opera, but nothing happened in the end.
This season is a little different, Diamé has continued to play well in the midfield but hasn’t quite hit the same heights as last year. Our friends at Squawka.com have the stats so we can get a good analysis of his game. He has had more shots on goal than any other player in the team with 42, although he has only scored 2. Diamé remains our top tackler in the team with 24. Squawka has him rated as our 7th best player in the team, which surprised me I thought he would be higher.
Diamé’s value is estimated at about €7-8 million. Which I think is fair, the fact he apparently has a £3.5 million release clause is a worry for us and we should look at getting this clause removed. A simple chat between manager and player can go a long way, especially considering he is a required player.
Unfortunately there is a lot of rumour’s and speculation in football, and very few facts. We live in an age where agents are like gangsters and are trying to get players to move so they can get a fee. Agents always speak to the media in an attempt to get a transfer. Whenever you hear about “a source close to the player” it’s 99% an agent wanting a transfer. Diamé is apparently unsettled, whether this is true or not no one knows except for him.
I honestly hope he stays, we need him in this dogfight were in and if Sam can talk to the player and get him to stay we stand a much better chance of staying up. Selling him would be crazy for £3.5 million, I know we won’t have a choice but we do have a choice of offering him a new contract and raising his buy out clause.
Come on you Irons!