Tuesday, 22nd January, 2013

French midfielder Alou Diarra feels he made a mistake in signing for West Ham last summer.

The 31-year-old left Marseille to land at Upton Park and hoped for a bright future in the English Premier League.

However, having made just two league appearances for the Hammers all season, Diarra is regretting his choice and feels misled by a whole host of people.

"The leaders’ speeches were so positive. It was an arrangement that suited everyone", he told French sports daily L’Equipe.


"West Ham came to get me. The agent’s speech was impressive. I did not ask any questions. I trusted..

"After a few weeks, I realised that there had been a lot of lies. I was done in fact. Some of the people have made money off my back."

Diarra is expected to leave the Hammers during the current transfer window if a suitable destination can be found.

He has most recently been linked with Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, while staying in England could yet be an option, with talk of QPR holding an interest.

Diarra is desperate to end what has become a nightmare spell at Upton Park, and one which has affected his international prospects, with no call-up since Didier Deschamps succeeded Laurent Blanc after Euro 2012, a tournament in which the midfielder played.

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