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Alou Diarra regrets joining West Ham

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West Ham defender Alou Diarra has admitted that moving to Upton Park was a "bad career choice" and hopes to leave during this month's transfer window.

The Frenchman joined the Hammers in the 2012 summer transfer window for £2million but struggled to make the first team, spending most of last season on loan at Rennes.

The defender then suffered a anterior cruciate ligament problem in the Carling Cup game against Cheltenham earlier this season; a problem that looked like it would keep him out for the remainder of the season. But the 32-year-old recovered ahead of schedule and played in the 2-1 defeat to Fulham on New Year's Day.

This was a rare outing for Diarra, who is now desperate to leave Upton Park but is not open to a return to France.

He told L'Equipe: "When I talk with other Frenchmen, I would have loved to experience the same as them - but there is a whole world between us. The great excitement of the Premier League - I am not experiencing it at all.

"Since the very first day people wanted me to accept that I am second choice. I'm in a dead end.

"It was a bad career choice and I need a real challenge. A January departure? Yes it is very likely. To France? I've explored it all."

He added: "The fact I was back from broken knee ligaments after six weeks without having surgery? Some people could hardly believe it.

"Anyway my situation has not changed. I am not fooled. I quickly understood he (Allardyce) didn't rely on me, as I am again confined to the bench."

West Ham are currently a point from safety in the Premier League relegation zone heading into Wednesday's game against title chasing Chelsea.

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