The odds on Arsenal signing Mohamed Diame in January have been slashed in the wake of the Senegal midfielder’s rumoured bust-up with West Ham manager Sam Allardyce.
Last week, Allardyce rubbished reports that the club is in dispute with Diame over a £3.5 million buy-out clause, while the midfielder committed himself to staying at Upton Park on West Ham’s official website.
However, a report in the Daily Mail over the weekend added more fuel to the fire, with Diame said to have told friends he is ready to leave for the Emirates after Allardyce criticised him for turning up late to a team meeting.
As speculation about a Diame exit refuses to go away, bwin has slashed the odds on the Senegal star signing for Arsenal before the close of the January transfer window to 11/10 (2.10).
Although Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been cagey about whether or not he will bring anybody in this month, the Gunners’ soft underbelly means a move for the former Wigan man should not be ruled out.
Diame has impressed for West Ham this season and with Abou Diaby an almost constant injury worry, Mikel Arteta out of contention, Jack Wilshere being considered for a more advanced role and Emmanuel Frimpong out on loan, there is space at the Emirates for a combative midfielder.
However, Arsenal are not the only side in the hunt for Diame’s signature, with north London rivals Tottenham also thought to be interested.
Spurs, who today announced the signing of Lewis Holtby from Schalke, are available at 10/1 (11.0) to add Diame to their Champions League qualification-chasing squad.
Third-favourites in the market at 14/1 (15.0) are QPR, who appear to be linked to with every available player in Europe as Harry Houdini attempts to plot the Rs’ escape from the clutches of relegation.
Other names in the frame to sign Diame include Liverpool and Paris Saint-German at 25/1 (26.0) and Southampton at 33/1 (34.0).