A few days ago it seemed like a done deal that West Ham’s Senegalese midfielder Mohamed Diame would be heading to either Arsenal or Spurs.
Goal is reporting that the player is heading for Karen Brady’s office, but not to sign for another club.
It is expected that Diame will sign an extended deal on improved terms that will remove the release clause inserted into the agreement he signed when he joined last summer on a free from Wigan Athletic.
Manager Sam Allardyce suggested on Tuesday that there remained a possibility that the midfield powerhouse could leave before Thursday night’s transfer deadline.
However, West Ham appear to have won their battle to hang on to the Senegal international after offering improved terms earlier this month.
So why didn’t the two North London clubs move for a player who would have added some serious steel to their midfield? One theory is that the managers were put off by Diame’s attitude – he was reported to have been late for a key meeting at West Ham and there were rumours of a dispute with Sam Allardyce which the manager subsequently denied.
It might also be that there was confusion over Diame’s release clause which was widely reported to be £3.5 milion, but in reality was probably a much higher figure.
Or it could be that he is happy to stay West Ham?