Stan Collymore: Aston Villa should have gone for this player

Having witnessed Hull City draw with West Ham United last night, Monday, Stan Collymore was left wishing Villa had signed one player…

Mohamed Diame's football journey has seen him travel from the renowned Clairefontaine academy, a conveyor belt of France-based footballing talent, to Lens, Linares in Spain, Rayo Vallecano, Wigan Athletic, West Ham United and, finally, to Hull City.

During the Senegalese midfielder's nine-year professional career to date, he has developed an international reputation and, in the past six months alone, has been linked with a number of clubs including Liverpool, Everton, Arsenal, Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers.

Hull City bought the player on a permanent basis on transfer deadline day, September 1, but after witnessing the 27-year-old's debut performance for the Tigers versus his former employers West Ham, commentator Stan Collymore publicly wished his club - Aston Villa - had entered the bidding process.

At the KC Stadium on Monday evening, the Hammers salvaged a point after coming back twice to earn a draw - yet the match was very much a case of new signings as the game featured loan recruits Gaston Ramirez and Hatem Ben Arfa for Hull and Carl Jenkinson, Alex Song and Morgan Amalfitano for West Ham, while debutants Abel Hernandez and Mohamed Diame both scored, as did Enner Valencia, who competed in his first start for the East Londoners.

On Diame's display, Collymore said: "I knew we [Aston Villa] should have gone for Diame!"

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