The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was interested in Mohamed Diame a few years ago, apparently, when the midfielder was playing for Rayo Vallecano in the Spanish Primera Liga. Barcelona and Real Madrid were also keeping an eye on the young player, but it was Wigan Athletic that took the chance back in 2009. There were fears that Diame had an underlying heart problem, but that is no longer an issue.
Since moving to West Ham this summer, Diame has showed just why he was so highly rated in Spain, and Sam Allardyce is desperate to keep hold of the defensive midfielder who is currently injured. The West Ham boss knows that Arsenal may be planning a raid in January, and will offer the 25-year old a new contract worth around £60,000 a week, which is double his current salary, according to the Sun.
Allardyce is desperate to remove the buy out clause of around £4 million from the Senegalese international’s contract. With Abou Diaby injured again and rumors that he may never be really right for Arsenal, Wenger needs someone who can play in that box to box role, and Diame seems to fit the bill.