Upton Park boss Upton Park optimistic midfielder will stay.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is optimistic midfielder Mohamed Diame will still be at the club after the transfer window closes, despite interest in him from Arsenal and Tottenham.
Senegalese international Diame has been the subject of much speculation due to the release clause in his contract, which means he can be bought for just £3.5million, and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is expected to make a move.
But, speaking ahead of West Ham’s midweek Premier League clash with Fulham, Allardyce insisted he is hopeful that 25-year-old Diame, who joined the club on a free transfer from Wigan in the summer, will remain at Upton Park.
“My understanding is that it is total confusion,” Allardyce said. “I am as confused as anyone by what is happening.
“I am sat there listening to what is going on (in the media), but deep down inside behind the scenes I speak to the chairman and where we are at the moment we are relatively comfortable regarding Mo Diame.
“However, whatever he [Diame] says to me today might change in an hour’s time – if Manchester United ring up in one hour’s time, he’s not going to want to stay is he? It can change between now and 11 O’clock Thursday night. In the flick of a text, or an e-mail, or a phone call.”
He added: “There is certain situations where yes, we might lose the player, I hope we don’t. But if the situation develops accordingly there is going to be the chance we lose him. We are trying to keep him.”