Midfielder not thinking about switch to the Emirates Stadium.
West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame has put talk of a move across London to Arsenal to the back of his mind and insisted he is happy to stay at Upton Park this month – with no offer yet placed for him.
Diame, who joined West Ham on a free transfer from Wigan in the summer, has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal in the next week with Arsene Wenger reportedly ready to activate a £3.5million release clause in the Senegalese midfielder’s contract.
West Ham have tried to renegotiate the 25-year-old’s deal to remove the clause, and it was claimed the Diame was readying to take the Hammers to FIFA over what was deemed to be aggressive tactics in relation to his contract.
But Diame has declared himself happy should the approach from Arsenal not come and is content to see out the season in West Ham colours.
“I know there are people out there saying things about me, but I have spoken with the manager and told him that I want to stay here,” Diame told West Ham’s official website. “I know the club want to keep me too, so I will continue to give my best for them.
“I knew when I signed that West Ham were going to make their mark on the Premier League. Since I came here I am enjoying every game I play on the pitch. I think I made a good choice because I am very happy at this club.”
West Ham manager Allardyce added on Sportinglife: “We have had no bids from any of the clubs that have been rumoured in the papers. He is our player and hopefully come 1 February he will still be our player.”