West Ham flop Alou Diarra scores first goal in English football ... against Millwall

The Charlton Athletic midfielder is hoping to earn a long deal with The Addicks.

Alou Diarra is a player with bags of experience across the continent but his time in English football has always been a struggle.

He was at Liverpool from 2002 until 2005 but never played a game for the club. He came back to England with West Ham in 2012 but was never a regular under Sam Allardyce and when he left the club he claimed in an interview with L'Equipe that he 'wasted' two years of his life at Upton Park.

He left on a free transfer last summer but has so far struggled to find a new team. A trial period at Brighton looked promising, until former Liverpool team-mate Sami Hyppia was sacked as manager. He also had a trial at MLS side Chicago Fire, but that never materialised into a contract offer.

Regardless of his recent problems the West Ham flop was a big hit in France with Bordeaux and Marseille and also has 44 caps to his name for Les Bleus.

With that in mind Charlton Athletic made the move for the player recently. He signed on a free transfer in February, signing a deal until the end of the season.

Today, was a memorable one for the player. He scored his first goal for Charlton in a 2-1 defeat to relegation battlers Millwall at The Den.

He opened the scoring in the second-half, flicking home a cross from Morgan Fox. Of course, the irony of this West Ham flop's first goal coming against the Hammers old rivals Millwall will not be lost on many.

It was Diarra's first goal in English football and he will hope it is another step in the right direction toward cementing a new deal at The Valley.

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