Big Sam dampens Diame bid talk
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has cooled speculation linking Arsenal with a move for Mohamed Diame, saying:
"We have not had a bid from them."
Diame only joined the Hammers during the summer but he has been linked with a January departure after it was revealed a clause in his contract could allow him to leave for just £3.5million. Arsenal have had a disappointing first half of the season and are sixth in the Premier League table, 21 points behind leaders Manchester United and six points off fourth-placed Spurs. So Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is expected to reinforce his squad during the transfer window, with a move for Diame suggested. But Allardyce said:
"You are always worried about losing players but we have not had a bid from Arsenal for Mo Diame. I can't see where he would fit into their side."
Allardyce is also hoping to bring in more new players during January, with Blackburn left-back Martin Olsson on his list. But after an initial enquiry, Allardyce revealed:
"We have not made any further bids for Martin Olsson."
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