Gunners scouts watch enforcer in FA Cup third round replay.
Arsenal scouts watched West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame in FA Cup action against Manchester United last night, as boss Arsene Wenger weighs up a bid for the enforcer.
Diame has a release clause of just £3.5m and the player is also attracting interest from QPR, Chelsea, Fulham and Everton, reports the Daily Mail.
The 25-year-old only joined the Hammers on a free transfer from Wigan in the summer but has impressed in his 16 league appearances in claret and blue, particularly catching the eye with his goal and game-changing performance from the bench against Chelsea last month.
The Senegal international has endured fitness problems since moving to the Premier League in 2009 and has been out with a hamstring injury since mid-December.
But the French-born enforcer was back to his batting best last night and Wenger believes he can shore-up the Gunners’ classy but flimsy midfield.
About Diaby has returned to fitness of late but Wenger does not trust the France international to remain injury-free for the rest of the campaign, while Mikel Arteta, who has filled in at holding midfield, is himself facing a month on the sidelines.
West Ham are hopeful of keeping Diame at Upton Park and co-chairman David Gold confirmed last month the club is ready to offer the all-action midfielder a new deal.
“We are talking to the player and are improving his deal,’ said Gold. ‘I would be very confident that he will remain our player.
“I believe at this stage this will be nothing more than agent talk ahead of the transfer window opening.
“We are talking to Mo and his agent and I am quite confident he will still be our player at the end of January.”
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