West Ham's Allardyce: £3m Hull bid made me go back into the transfer market

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has revealed he only decided to sign Morgan Amalfitano after selling Mohamed Diame.

All eyes will be on Mohamed Diame tonight when West Ham take on Hull City, with the Senegalese international in contention to face his former club.

After two years with the Hammers, Diame was sold on deadline day to Hull, and there has been an ugly war of words since.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has revealed there were two developments at their end which made losing the midfielder comfortable for him.

And he also explained that he only landed up signing loanee Morgan Amalfitano from Marseille due to Diame's departure.

He told The Guardian: "I didn’t think we were going to do any business. Alex [Song], that was it, finished, then along came the bid from Hull City.

"That made up my mind to lose Mo but I made sure we have a quality replacement for that and I knew that Morgan [Amalfitano] was desperate to come back into the Premier League."

Diame and Amalfitano are very different players in style, but with Alex Song already brought in, Allardyce was clearly keen not to be short of numbers in midfield.

A loanee at West Brom last season, Amalfitano knows the Premier League well and he is unlikely to need any adjustment to life back at the club.

While his most likely impact may come from the bench at the KC Stadium, if he does turn out to be the matchwinner, Allardyce will have Diame to thank for moving on.

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