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Mohamed Diame: Adoring West Ham faithful convinced me to sign

West Ham new boy Mohamed Diame has revealed it was the passionate Hammers supporters who convinced him to sign on a free transfer from Wigan. New Hammer: Former Wigan man Mohamed Diame (Picture: PA) The 25-year-old has agreed a three-year deal at Upton Park and will make the move on July 1 after the expiry of his Wigan contract. Diame told the club’s website: ‘I’m very happy and very excited to have joined the club and I’m looking forward to the start of the season. ‘I know the fans here get behind the team all the time and I’m looking forward to showing everybody what I can do on the pitch.’ His new manager Sam Allardyce was quick to hail his ‘exciting’ new signing, and confirmed he expected Diame to hit the ground running at Upton Park. ‘His potential is really good and he’s ready to go and compete in the first team straight away as he’s had three years in the Premier League already,’ said Allardyce. ‘He’s 25 and can only get better and I hope he can go on to prove that to me and all of the West Ham United fans. He will be a very exciting addition to the squad.’Diame previously claimed he was set for a move to Liverpool until Kenny Dalglish was sacked as manager.

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Mohamed Diame denied Liverpool dream move by Kenny Dalglish axe

Mohamed Diame has revealed his sorrow at seeing a proposed transfer to Liverpool collapse following the sacking of Kenny Dalglish. Dream over? Diame saw a proposed switch to Liverpool breakdown (Picture: Getty Images) The Senegal midfielder, 24, is a free agent after letting his contract at Wigan run down, and although he has offers on the table from Spain, France and Turkey, he admits feeling hurt after having a move to Anfield snatched away. ‘I met before Kenny Dalglish  and we talked about next season, but God decided to finish this situation,’ Diame told Sky Sports News. ‘It is true I was very sad in my head as I was thinking to go there, but that is OK as I think I have got other opportunities to go to another club. ‘I am free and not everybody is free in this moment like a midfield player like me and that is why I have got a lot of clubs interested in me. ‘I have to be composed and make a good decision for my future. ‘I have got some offers from Spain, from France, from Turkey, but I really want to stay in the Premier League.’ However, there could be an outside chance of a deal being resurrected should Latics boss Roberto Martinez – who is expected to hold more talks with FSG having returned from holiday today – be appointed to succeed Dalglish.

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