The midfielder has been the subject of much speculation this month, with a very decent £3.5million minimum release fee clause supposedly tempting Arsene Wenger into a move, though none has materialised.
Although it initially looked like Sam Allardyce was resigned to losing the player, he appears keen to commit to the Hammers. Whether Spurs will be a little more gung ho with their approach might persuade him to make the move, as Arsenal have clearly not done enough to snap him up – if anything at all.
Spurs are apparently keen on Diame due to an injury to Brazilian defensive midfielder Sandro, while a move to Arsenal made sense for similar reasons – injuries to Abou Diaby and Mikel Arteta leaving the Gunners short in midfield.
I’m very much starting to think Diame to Arsenal won’t happen. I can’t work out why, because that’s a very good price for a player of his quality in a position we need. It would be annoying if after weeks of dallying, Spurs nipped in and got him right at the end.
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[UPDATE - Ed - 09.46 - Arsene Wenger told a press conference today that Arsenal had not approached West Ham in regards to Diame]