A £7m Asking Price Will Ultimately Separate The Men From The Boys
West Ham’s excellent start to the season means they currently sit in European qualification position sixth, above Totteham and Arsenal. While I’m not suggesting for a moment that they will be there at the end of the season, (but stranger things have happened), Big Sam’s team have battled their way to a string of good results, including an away win at Newcastle last weekend. This has led to some speculation over one their star performers.
Mohamed Diame only arrived at West Ham this summer from Wigan Athletic but he is reportedly the subject of interest from Premier League rivals Fulham and Everton. He has a physical presence in the centre of midfield and has good passing ability, and reads the game well enough to protect his defence.
After a call up to the senior Senegal squad, Diame’s stock does appear to rising but his £7 million asking price seems a little steep. Neither Fulham nor Everton have money to burn but they do both have defensive issues. Everton have conceded 9 goals in their last six fixtures, with no clean sheets. Fulham have conceded 8 in their last 3 league games. Perhaps both of these teams could do with a player like Diame, who can provide solid protection for an organised defence like the one Sam Allardyce has set up at West Ham.
It seems unlikely to me though that The Hammers would sell Diame half way through a season when they are playing so well, they will want to keep their momentum and their key players.