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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