West Ham latest: Star 'obviously wanted to leave', top tackler injury blow

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West Ham defender has been speaking about Mohamed Diame's decision to quit the club for Hull, suggesting the midfielder had a real desire to leave the club.

Diame signed for the Tigers after they activated his release clause, and he took up the option to move on.

Tomkins told West Ham's website: "Mo did really well for us here and the fans really liked him, but he obviously wanted to move on. Everyone wishes him all the best."

West Ham's next Premier League fixture pits them against Diame and Hull City.

Tomkins did add that he was impressed with the addition of Morgan Amalfitano, commenting: "We played against Morgan last season at West Brom and he caused us a few problems and actually set up their goal as well, so he'll be an important player for us. It shows how much we're trying to strengthen our squad at the minute."

We have taken a look at Amalfitano's performances for the Baggies last season and how they compare to his new West Ham teammates. You can read more here.

The Hammers have received an unwelcome injury blow, after defender Joey O'Brien suffered a knee injury on international duty with the Republic of Ireland.

He was due to play against Georgia in a Euro 2016 qualifier this weekend, but has returned to West Ham the FAI confirmed.

O'Brien has featured in all three of West Ham's Premier League games so far this season, and is one of the club's top three tacklers in the squad averaging 2.6 per game, behind only Cheikou Kouyate and Mark Noble.

The extent of the injury is yet unknown, with the FAI describing it as an 'ongoing problem'.

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