Sam Allardyce and West Ham have rejected a £3 million offer from Hull City for their midfielder Mo Diame, according to reports in the English press. The Tigers are looking to further strengthen their midfield for the new Premier League season, especially since suffering an injury blow to Robert Snodgrass, another of their new recruits.
Snodgrass is set to be out of action for up to 6 months, missing the majority of his debut season at the KC Stadium. The former Norwich City man had been a club record signing this summer, but will only be able to begin playing regularly next calendar year. As a result, Steve Bruce has registered an interest in the Senegal international, Diame.
Diame offers a different style of play to that provided by Snodgrass. Whilst the Scottish winger brings attacking intent and style, Diame is known for his strength in the centre of the park. He would have lined up alongside the likes of Jake Livermore and Tom Huddlestone, as Hull look to surge up the Premier League table next season.
However, West Ham do not view a £3 million offer as sizeable enough to part company with their player. Diame has been with the Hammers for 2 full seasons, and he has featured in the club’s opening two fixtures of this campaign. Making 77 appearances over 2 years and scoring 7 goals, he is valued highly at Upton Park. Should Hull wish to revisit the situation during this transfer window, then they will have to significantly increase their offer.