Diame targeting European spot

West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame says the club should be

targeting a European spot next season.

Sam Allardyce’s side finished 10th last season in their first

year back in the top flight after earning promotion via the

Championship play-offs.

Diame played a key role for the Hammers throughout the campaign

following his free transfer move from Wigan Athletic last

summer.

After being given extra time off due to his international

commitments, Diame got his first taste of action ahead of the

2013/14 season in Saturday’s 2-0 friendly win over Bournemouth.

The 26-year-old feels the Upton Park outfit can build on their

solid display last time out and push for a place in the upper

reaches of the Premier League this term.

“We have to have our ambition and we know the project of the

club. We need to work to try to finish near the top,” he told the

club’s official website.

“We are going to try to give our best and make sure we do better

than the last season. I feel a top-eight finish is achievable, of

course. Why not?

“I see everybody is focused to be in the starting XI. Everybody

is working hard so this is good for the team.

“We just need to be focused on the first game against Cardiff

because we know it is important to start well to make the season

easier.”