West Ham midfielder Mo Diame boldly claimed earlier this week that he remains a transfer target for Premier League leaders Liverpool but, current manager Sam Allardyce has warned, the Senegal international needs to produce some more accomplished performances if he harbours a desire to leave.
Diame has seen his stock plummet somewhat this season along with that of his team, with 26-year-old having previously attracted interest from some of the division’s elite clubs. He does, however, believe he is still capable of playing in the top six.
Liverpool had been linked with Diame before he left Wigan for West Ham, with reports claiming Kenny Dalglish had all but tied up a free transfer deal that would have seen the player move to Anfield. But Dalglish was replaced by Brendan Rodgers, and Upton Park was Diame’s destination.
Diame, though, is optimistic he is still under consideration from Liverpool, despite the change in manager and their ascension to the summit of the league, although Allardyce does not believe the his charge is at the level he claims to be.
When asked about Diame’s comments after West Ham lost to Arsenal on Tuesday, Allardyce said: “[Diame’s comments] About going to a top six club? He'll have to perform better, won't he!”
Coincidentally, Arsenal have also been mentioned as potential suitors for Diame in the past, with Arsene Wenger reported to have considered a move to bring him to the Emirates Stadium in the January transfer window of last year.