Tottenham Transfer Rumors: Spurs to Make £3.5 Million Bid for Mohamed Diamé

Ryan Day@theryanedwardCorrespondent IJanuary 24, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:  Mohamed Diame of West Ham United celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Chelsea at the Boleyn Ground on December 1, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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With Turkish club Galatasaray snatching up attacking midfielder Wesley Sneijder, Tottenham has reportedly moved on towards another 11th-hour signing.

And he's a lot closer than Milan.

The Guardian is reporting that Tottenham is preparing to make a multi-million pound bid for West Ham United's central midfielder Mohamed Diamé.

The 25-year-old Diamé has become a target for several English clubs, including Arsenal, Everton and Fulham, according to The Guardian, namely because of his well-publicized £3.5 million release clause.

Even with a release clause that's known by every football club Chairman and their mother, West Ham's official website has released the following statement from Diamé:

"I know there are people out there saying things about me, but I have spoken with the manager and told him that I want to stay here. I know the club want to keep me too, so I will continue to give my best for them. I knew when I signed that West Ham were going to make their mark on the Premier League. Since I came here, I am enjoying every game I play on the pitch. I think I made a good choice because I am very happy at this club."

My opinion? West Ham is overachieving in it's first year back in the Premier League and the club's board will take any opportunity to free up a few million pounds. The Hammers will need it to secure one of their several loan players long-term.

Diamé isn't a player that Tottenham needs, and if Sandro were healthy this wouldn't even be a story, but besides Mousa Dembele and Scott Parker who have they got? Andros Townsend? Thomas Carroll? Tom Huddlestone? None of those players have been given the kind of authority at the center of the midfield that Sandro was given.

So a rehabilitating Parker and newcomer Dembele are all Andre Villas-Boas has at his disposal to anchor the midfield? Diamé is a strong tackler who would be a good, solid addition to a Spurs roster that is thin at central midfielders and defenders.

I say spend the £3.5 million on the release clause and get Diamé on the training pitch.

What do you think?