It was no coincidence that as soon as Mohamed Diame tore his hamstring against Liverpool the away team gained the initiative. In a similar way to Spurs reliance on Dembele, West Ham are dependent on the free transfer from Wigan Athletic this summer.He has impressed on numerous occasions this season and his contributions have been vital in getting West Ham into 11th position so far in the Premiership.
For that reason several clubs are interested in signing the Senegalese man who apparently has a £3.5 million release clause in his contract according to the Metro. The 12 week lay off means that a summer move is more plausible but this man is still in as high demand as Valium at a One Direction concert. Here are 5 clubs that are likely to enquire for the defensive midfielder’s services in the near future:
A lot was said about the transfer of Song to Barcelona, mainly ‘is he really that good?’ and ‘look at his hair!’ but Wenger has admitted himself that he has placed too much hope on Diaby staying fit and the youthful Coquelin. For that reason Diame would be an excellent addition of force to the already rather elegant midfield. Not only that but he is available on the cheap keeping the increasingly hated Arsenal board happy too.
Arsenal are one of many top teams in the Premiership that need a Diame. Signing him would be a statement of progress but deciding against it will show up the once brilliantly astute Wenger, in terms of transfer dealings, as a possibly over the hill manager in need of a fresh challenge.
This season the Europa League has affected the Toon Armies league performances in the same way the Pig masturbating Rebecca Loos affected David Beckham’s England form with the allegations of their affair many years a go. With a squad so thin it resembles the almost see through pants in the back of your draw and with the Africa Cup of Nations on the horizon investment is needed. Senegal didn’t qualify but Ivory Coast did meaning Tiote will be gone and with the only recruit to join this summer, Anita, able to play in that role, bagging a player of Diame’s class would be a major scalp.
Whether or not Newcastle have the resources to compete with the teams that will potentially be going for this player is up to Mike Ashley but the Toon Army needs recruitment.
Guess what? United need a central midfielder, had you heard? For months now many a football blogger and fan has been scratching their head as to why Ferguson hasn’t gone out and bought a young dynamic midfielder to replace the ageing nucleus of his side. Anderson and Cleverley have looked good in flashes this season but Ferguson is still favouring the old guard of Scholes, Carrick and Giggs. Diame is exactly what they need; athletic, powerful, intelligent and has a right foot like a traction engine.
At £3.5 million he would be an absolute bargain for United and if they don’t at least try to sign him then United may want to start questioning the almighty wisdom of the Scottish Knight.
Always a team with an eye for a bargain, the Toffee’s have a decent engine room in their midfield but it’s in need a few new parts. Phil Neville has been an outstanding player for Everton but at 35 and watching his brother spellbind plaudits with his top class punditry which lead to an England coaching job, he may also be wanting to put on his suit and start grooving his buttocks into the Match of the Day sofa. The other players Moyes has chosen for the central midfield role this season are the 31 year old Leon Osman, 30 year old Thomas Hitzlsperger and the baby of the bunch, 25 year old Darron Gibson.
Gibson has a few more years of first team football ahead of him but needs someone next to him to do the manual labour. Diame would be an excellent acquisition and may make the potential loss of either Leighton Baines or Marouane Fellaini more bearable this winter.
With Frank Lampard supposedly on his way to China, America or whichever country has decided it needs a domestic league to keep the masses from getting distracted with things that matter, Chelsea need a player like Diame. Now I personally would have to think long and hard about sending my greatest enemy to work at the London club. With an owner as detached from reality as a spoiled child from the vile programme ‘Sweet 16′ it goes to show how greedy players are that they would play for this obnoxious oligarch in exchange for wheelbarrow’s full of cash every week.
But with Ramires and Romeu the only central midfielders that aren’t wasted in their own half and actually do something other than foul and then complain about it like a petulant teenager *cough MIKEL cough* Diame would be a great signing for them.