Alou Diarra

Few in East London would care – or even notice – if defensive midfielder Alou Diarra was sold for scrap this summer.

The 32 year-old arrived at Upton Park as a 44-cap France international, but has since gone on to make just six Premier League outings for the Hammers.

Having declared his West Ham switch from Marseille in summer 2012 was a ‘mistake’ just a matter of months after signing, before enduring a lengthy sideline spell due to an ACL injury, it’s safe to say that the move hasn’t worked out for neither club nor player.

Diarra’s failed loan move to Rennes at the end of the last season, in which he made just ten appearances and was publicly criticised by then-coach Frederic Antonetti for ‘not giving all that he could have’ confirmed Hammers suspicions that the Frenchman is now a lost cause.

With another year left on his contract, Sam Allardyce will undoubtedly look to offload the flopped signing this summer as he continues to eat up the West Ham wage bill.


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