Now that our Premier League safety is guaranteed, and the only thing left on the to-do list is to derail Manchester City’s title bid next weekend, our thoughts now turn to a summer of World Cup football – and picturing who will be wearing the claret & blue kit next season.
One player who looks almost certain to have played his last game at Upton Park for the club is Mo Diame. His intention has always been to move on-wards and upwards in the football world, and now that his second season at West Ham is all but over, West Ham are preparing for the inevitable transfer request once a bid is placed – no doubt from Spurs at some point, but more than likely Everton.
“Two years ago (before joining West Ham) I wanted to join a team with ambitions,” said Diame.
“Overall, my season has been okay, although I think it is not up to last season. I started badly, but gradually I got my bearings.
“Liverpool? I can’t tell you if I will be a Liverpool player next season. But I think my name is still on their wanted list.
“I don’t hide it, I’m ambitious and I want to join a top-six side. I am 26 years old and it’s time to take that step.”
No mention at any point of a view of signing a new contract at West Ham…
There are many fans that will be disappointed to see Diame leave, but the reality of the situation is that we are better off without. Diame has shown very evidently in the last handful of games that he is playing for a move. It was especially clear against Arsenal at the Emirates – Diame put in a display that we have craved for all season and it actually angers me when a player clearly hasn’t an ounce of loyalty towards a club that would love to see him grown and flourish in the claret & blue, and help US to make that next step.
I do hope that Diame proves me wrong, and shocks us all by committing his future with the club, but we’ve seen this before – the writing is on the wall. Diame is off, and we need to start preparing for life without him.