Report: Former West Ham midfielder Alou Diarra on trial with Brighton

Alou Diarra has joined Brighton and Hove Albion on a trial basis.

33-year-old Diarra is currently without a club, having left the Boleyn Ground by mutual termination of his contract at the end of last season.

The former French international had endured a torrid time in East London, making just six league appearances for the Hammers since joining Sam Allardyce’s side from Marseille in August 2012. He left the club in January 2013 to join Rennes on loan in his homeland, but, despite making 12 appearances in his short-term spell, they didn’t offer him an escape from West Ham, and he was left to see out his time in East London outside the first-team squad.

Having had the summer off after terminating his contract a year early, it has been reported that the 44-capped midfielder is keen on getting back into the game, and he is currently turning out for Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion on a trial spell with a view to a permanent deal. As reported by talkSPORT, the Seagulls would be able to complete a deal for Diarra at any time due to his free agent status, and head coach Sami Hyypia is keen on bringing in some experience to his side who are currently struggling to escape from their ongoing relegation battle.

The duo worked together during a shared spell at Liverpool, and, although Diarra never turned out for the first-team in a competitive fixture - making just one friendly appearance during his three-year spell - Hyypia obviously believes that the 33-year-old has enough about him to become a vital part of his side.

Any potential full-time contract will likely be wrapped up in the coming weeks, allowing Diarra to play a vital part in the second-half of the season as Hyypia looks to lead the South Coast club up the Championship table.

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