Diame: West Ham prevented me from getting move to big club

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Hull City's Diame claims that playing out of position failed to get him a move to a top club, and that he should have left West Ham a long time ago.

Midfielder Mohamed Diame has hit out at his old club West Ham United, saying he should have left the club way before he did, after he completed a move to Hull City on transfer deadline day.

Diame - who once claimed he was close to joining Liverpool - said he wasn't happy at being moved around the field, resulting in him not playing in his favoured central midfield position.

He added that he thought West Ham prevented him from showing his true ability when scouts from big clubs attended games to watch him, as he was played out of position - suggesting he could have got a move to a more high profile club than Hull City.

Sky Sports have picked up on quotes from the Daily Star, where the midfielder said: "At West Ham I was shunted around all the different positions. I remember one time I had to play as a striker.

“That was not good for my career. I wanted to play for a club that is high in the Premier League table.

"At least with Hull I will be certain of playing in my favoured role.

"I should have left West Ham a long time ago, as with them I wasn't permitted to play in central midfield.

"I wasn't able to get the biggest clubs interested in me, as when they came to watch me I'd been put in a position that was not mine.

"You lose your bearings when you get shunted around all the different positions."

The quotes from the 27-year-old does make one wonder just how long he is prepared to stay at the KC Stadium for given his ambitions - but the Tigers will be hoping to get the best out of him this season.

It does make you wonder which clubs were interested in Diame. In the early stages of 2013, there were reports that both Arsenal and Tottenham were interested in the Senegal international's services.

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