In a recent interview with French website Hat-trick, Mohamed Diame said that he 'wants more' from his Premier League career and dreams of playing for a top-six club.
The midfielder has been linked with a number of clubs during his time at West Ham United, and there have been reports that Liverpool, Everton, Newcastle United and Arsenal all could make moves for the 26-year-old. The Senegalese international has proved that he can play among the Premier League’s elite, scoring four goals this season all against the top-six clubs.
In the aforementioned interview, Diame stated that before joining West Ham, his dream move to Liverpool was almost complete, and also revealed that during last year’s January transfer window he was close to signing for Arsenal. Not investing in new players last summer led to early problems for the Hammers, with ‘the players [thinking] they already know who will be wearing the shirt’ and with little competition for places, many were ‘not giving one hundred per cent’ on the pitch.
After becoming instantly popular with the fans during his first season at the club, Diame went on to win multiple honours at the 2012-13 Player Awards, including ‘Signing of the Season’ and ‘Goal of the Season’ for his strike against Manchester United. However, in the 2013-14 campaign, his performances lacked consistency and many fans have expressed their indifference towards him staying at the club.
If Diame does choose to move on, then it remains to be seen whether he will be able to establish himself as such an influential player in a team where competition for places is far higher. The former Rayo Vallecano midfielder might feel as though his football is of a higher level than that of the Hammers, but for a player released from Wigan Athletic only two years ago, maybe he should try his boots on for size - he appears to be getting a little too big for them.