Mohamed Diame is a wanted man during the January transfer window and today West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce revealed that efforts to secure a deal for the midfielder have so far have proved fruitless.
The 25-year-old enforcer has been a revelation since joining the Hammers from Wigan Athletic during the summer on a free transfer and that has led to sustained interest from Arsenal.
His £3.5 million release clause has opened up the possibility of a January transfer and the Hammers are doing all they can to tie him down to a longer deal without the clause.
However Allardyce has admitted that talks have been difficult, telling Sky Sports: “The owners have tried to renegotiate the contract, but they haven’t been successful at the moment.”
While trying to keep Diame at the club, the former Blackburn manager is also looking to strengthen his current squad with nomadic striker Nicolas Anelka among those linked with a move to Upton Park.
Allardyce has again denied that the Frenchman will be signing for the Irons, declaring: “At the moment I am not in a position for Nicolas Anelka because my main priority is defenders.
“We have got Andy (Carroll) close to coming back and we have got Carlton Cole, (Marouane) Chamakh and we have also brought in Wellington.”