Friday, 25 January 2013

Dilemma for Diarra as Real Mallorca join race to sign wantaway Hammer

La Liga side Real Mallorca have joined the race to sign unsettled West Ham midfielder Alou Diarra. The France international has repeatedly stated his desire to leave the Boleyn Ground over the last few days and with Espanyol and Rennes already reportedly courting his services, it seems unlikely that his wish won't be granted before the end of this transfer window, with Hammers boss Sam Allardyce prepared to listen to offers for the 31 year old. Quoted on a Los Bermellones fan site, Diarra lashed out at his manager, claiming that "since my arrival at West Ham, I have never spoke with the manager- there is no dialogue." Mallorca's Director of Football, Lllorenc Serra Ferra, has stated that Diarra is the club's number one transfer target. However, Diarra is believed to be on wages in the region of £41,000 at the Boleyn Ground and if a loan deal were struck, the Spanish side would require the Irons to pay more than half of the midfielder's wages. In a way it seems like a loan deal would be worth it, if Mallorca are not interested in a permanent move; it would save us a bit of money and get a disruptive influence away from the ever volatile atmosphere of the dressing room. Ideally though, a club would sign Diarra permanently and there are two other clubs who are interested in doing just that, so perhaps we should pursue those avenues instead.

By Alex Shilling

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