10 Facts about hammers new boy Alou Diarra

10 facts about West Ham new boy Alou Diarra

West Ham have secured a French international, but what can we tell you about his interesting career so far?

Here are 10 facts about the holding midfield player.

1. After an early struggle to find a professional club Alou Diarra eventually was signed up with an amateur contract by lowly Louhans-Cuiseaux where he progressed into the first team at a young age.

2. His impressive rise saw increased interest in his signature and after an early struggle to find top class teams to play for he signed a contract with German giants Bayern Munich playing in their reserve side with future stars such as Owen Hargreaves, Philip Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Zvjezdan Misimovic.

3. Despite tapping on the first team door he never made a first team appearance for the club and was signed by Gerard Houllier for Liverpool in 2002. He was likened to Patrick Vieira by the coach but was immediately loaned to Le Havre to gain first team experience.

4. This was the first of three consecutive loan spells back to France, followed by deals with Bastia and finally RC Lens. After impressing in all 3 loan deals he requested a transfer from Anfield signing a deal with Lens after making no appearances for Liverpool.

5. After an impressive season at RC Lens, Houllier re-signed the Frenchman for the dominant Lyon but he failed to keep Jeremy Toulalan out of the first team and left after one season after a public bust-up with Houllier over playing time.

6. Diarra rejected a move to Portsmouth in 2007 instead agreeing a deal with Bordeaux under new manager Laurent Blanc, and his career finally began to take off.

7. After a solid first season, his second season saw Bordeaux win the Coupe de Ligue and Ligue 1 championships, finally breaking Lyons recent dominance in France.

8. In 2010 Diarra was suspended for 6 games after pushing a referee during a Ligue 1 game with Auxerre.

9. After a move broke down the previous summer, Diarra agreed a protracted transfer to Marseille last July; but failed to capture form and was widely anticipated to leave the club this summer and Upton Park is his destination.

10. Internationally, Diarra played for French Under-20 and Under-21 sides during his stints at Bayern Munich and Liverpool before moving on to the senior side in 2004. He has since gone on to play 44 games for his country even captaining Les Bleus on several occasions since 2010 under the stewardship of former Bordeaux boss Laurent Blanc. Despite not scoring a goal for the national side he came very close against England, with a powerful header, in the opening game of the Euro’s. .

The combative and powerful holding midfield player could be a brilliant signing by The Hammers; a recognised international with obvious star qualities he should blend in to the Premier League quickly and become an essential cog in West Ham’s survival fight this season.

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Diarra West Ham Bound?

ImageDiarra West Ham Bound?

According to reports, West Ham United are close to completing the signing of French international midfielder Alou Diarra from Marseille.

The French international who featured for France at Euro 2012, is set to arrive in London on Thursday to finalise a deal with the Championship play-off winning side. 

The 31-year-old is expected to leave the Ligue 1 side this summer and Sam Allardyce is looking to bring the experienced midfielder to the Premier League.

French newspaper La Provence reports that Diarra will joins the Hammers on a two-year deal when he gets into London on Thursday.

Diarra only joined Marseille twelve months ago, but could not repeat the success he enjoyed with former club Bordeaux where he won the Ligue 1 title twice as Marseille finished a disappointing 10th last season.

However, he was included in the France squad for Euro 2012 and started their opening match against England.

Sam Allardyce is looking to bolster his West Ham squad for the start of the new season as they aim to cement their place in the Premier League after promotion from the Championship last season via the Playoffs.

Allardyce is hoping to add Diarra to other new recruits Mohamed Diame, George McCartney, Modibo Maiga and James Collins at Upton Park.

 

If this is completed, I feel this is a clever signing by Sam Allardyce. Alou Diarra is a Papa Bouba Diop mark II, He will sit in front of the back four and break up the oppositions play. Being a French international proves he has big game experience and for £2 milion… that’s a good deal. I’m adamant Big Sam would have played the formation incorporating Papa Bouba Diop more last season if Bouba Diop wasn’t injured half the time, So it gives us more tactical options which is always good. It also sends out a clear message that we can recruit top quality players and we are planning to stay in the Premier League for a long time!