Tottenham Hotspur are set to make a final day bid in their efforts to land Arsenal midfield target Mohamed Diame, according to reports.
The Sun claims the 25-year-old Senegalese star is available for £3.5 million due to a minimum fee release clause in his contract, and favours a move to join the Gunners.
However, it’s Spurs who are preparing an offer for the 15-cap international, the paper claims, and West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce knows that money might lure the player away from Upton Park.
“It will be money talking, won’t it? And when money talks, there’s no stopping it, especially in this window,” he’s quoted as saying by the paper.
Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas has already added to his midfield during the transfer window, with Lewis Holtby joining from Schalke and making his debut last night (Wednesday) against Norwich.
However, injury to Sandro and transfer speculation over Tom Huddlestone means Spurs could still look to add in the position, and Diame would bring a physical element to the club if he were to sign.
North London rivals Arsenal have also been linked with the player in recent weeks, and paper reports at the weekend claimed the player had told ‘close friends’ he wanted a move to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsene Wenger’s priority is likely to be his defence however, and after Kieran Gibbs picked up an injury in the Gunners’ 2-2 draw against Liverpool, left-back could be a particular area of concern.
With the clock ticking down, there is little time for the Frenchman to engineer any kind of deal though, and it could be another frustrating January for Wenger – and possibly Diame if he really does favour a move to Arsenal.