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.

Last Updated: 16/12/12 at 12:10 Post Comment

Mohamed Diame: West Ham midfielder 'wont be going anywhere' in January t

Mohamed Diame: West Ham midfielder 'wont be going anywhere' in January t

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

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."

Don't miss any live and exclusive football coverage this festive season. Click here to visit Sky Sports' Festive Calendar

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

European Qualifiers round-up: Holland and Italy held to draws

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's late header rescued a point for Holland against Turkey in European Qualifying, while Eder spared Italy's blushes in Bulgaria.

Israel 0-3 Wales: Gareth Bale's double sends Wales top of Group B

Gareth Bale scored two and set up another as Wales moved to the top of Group B with a 3-0 win over 10-man Israel in Haifa.

Raheem Sterling expects to be fit for Liverpool trip to Arsenal

Raheem Sterling expects to be fit for Liverpool's trip to Arsenal, despite pulling out of England's Turin date.

Mail Box

Where's The Love For Walcott?

Theo Walcott is wanted by neither Arsenal or Liverpool fans in the afternoon Mailbox. Also, some good points on the FA skewed priorities, and glorious geekery...

Ripe Robin Still Has A Role To Play...

There is some support for the aging Robin van Perise in a frankly threadbare Mailbox. Also, more debate over homegrown players, with a suggestion of an import tax...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company