Diame happy to leave West Ham

Midfielder Mohamed Diame has admitted that he is pleased to have left West Ham United to join fellow Premier League side Hull City on transfer deadline day, Sky Sports has reported.

The 27-year-old was one of West Ham’s first signings upon their return to the Premier League in 2012, joining from Wigan Athletic. In two years with the club, he impressed, scoring seven goals in his 79 appearances.

However, he was dropped from the starting XI at the beginning of this season after the arrival of Cheikhou Kouyate from Anderlecht. He then joined Hull on Monday, and is set to make his debut against the Hammers on September 15.

Following his move to Humberside, he has now criticised the way he was ‘shunted around’ by manager Sam Allardyce, who deployed him in various positions. “At West Ham I was shunted around all the different positions,” he said. “I remember one time I had to play as a striker.

“That was not good for my career. I wanted to play for a club that is high in the Premier League table. At least with Hull I will be certain of playing in my favoured role. I should have left West Ham a long time ago, as with them I wasn’t permitted to play in central midfield. You lose your bearings when you get shunted around all the different positions.”

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