Allardyce: Diame going nowhere

Sam Allardyce is adamant Mohamed Diame ‘won’t go anywhere’ in
January and believes that West Ham United could have a ‘really top
player’ on their hands.

Diame has impressed since joining West Ham on a three-year
contract from Wigan Athletic in the summer, although he does have a
release clause in his deal.

The 25-year-old’s performances have seen Arsenal linked with a
bid and reports in Sunday’s papers claimed West Ham are ready to
offer Diame a ‘double-your-money’ contract to scare off
interest.

But Allardyce is confident that Diame, who is facing a few weeks
on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring injury against
Liverpool last weekend, will stay at Upton Park.

“He won’t go anywhere,” Allardyce told the
Sunday Times. “He likes it here.

“[His improvement] is down to the challenge he’s taken on. The
size of a club demands a certain size of performance and we’re a
sell-out club, with 35,000 people, great tradition. He’s
responded.

“We changed his role. The ability he has to break through the
opposition’s midfield is rare. Other players have to pass their way
through.

“He has similar capabilities to Yaya Toure though, unbelievably,
Manchester City don’t seem to be using those capabilities at the
moment.

“That’s why West Ham fans love him, those long, penetrating,
weavey runs. He gets into the positions so often that if we can
work on the finishing and final pass we could be talking about a
really top player.”

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