West Ham United midfielder Mohamed Diame has made it clear that he sees himself playing at Liverpool next season.
Diame, a dynamic and aggressive central midfielder, could be just what the Reds need next season as Brendan Rodgers looks to improve his squad this summer heading into a campaign where the side could be defending the Premier League title alongside a Champions League challenge.
“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,” he’s quoted by the Daily Mail.
Any deal for Diame would reportedly be worth around £3-3.5 million and he’s a player the club have been interested in the past, as he claimed the Reds would have signed him had Kenny Dalglish not been sacked before Brendan Rodgers came in and took charge.
“I met before Kenny Dalglish and we talked about next season but God decided to finish this situation. It is true I was very sad in my head as I was thinking to go there,” he told Sky Sports News in 2012.
It would also be one over on arch rivals Manchester United, who had the chance to sign Diame back when he was a Wigan Athletic player.
United decided not to go after him because of a heart condition, which they were worried could flare up and cause complications at a later point in his career.
Considering his apparent price, his age and the fact he’d inject some aggression and steel into the Liverpool midfield, he could be a good signing for Rodgers and an arrival which leaves Manchester United with a lot of egg on their faces.
Liverpool won’t have the vast resources to spend this summer, which are enjoyed by other clubs which is going to put the boss under a lot of pressure to make good value signings who can move the team forward.
Liverpool will enjoy the benefit of being able to restructure commercial deals and the extra revenue which comes from a competition like the Champions League, but Rodgers has always maintained that he won’t spend cash for the sake of doing so.
Diame would be a sensible squad addition but not the superstar signing that Reds fans may be hoping for.