West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame has expressed his desire to leave the East London club at the end of the campaign to join an outfit in the Premier League’s top six.
By his own admission, Diame has claimed he is still on Liverpool’s wish list, according to Sky Sports:
Two years ago I wanted to join a team with ambitions. Overall, my season has been okay, although I think it is not up to last season. I started badly, but gradually I got my bearings.
Liverpool? I can't tell you if I will be a Liverpool player next season. But I think my name is still on their wanted list. I don't hide it, I'm ambitious and I want to join a top-six side. I am 26 years old and it's time to take that step.
The Premier League leaders have built a remarkable side under Brendan Rodgers, but they will certainly look to strengthen their squad as Champions League football once again comes to Merseyside.
Though a revelation in his first season at Upton Park, the Senegal international has failed to light up the Premier League in a similar fashion in the current campaign.
According to WhoScored.com, Diame has scored four goals and assisted two more in 30 appearances for West Ham this season, but the question remains, do Liverpool really need him?
The Reds’ midfield has performed admirably over the course of the season, and while a player of Diame’s calibre may once have been on the club’s radar, they need to be aiming higher than the 26-year-old if they’re to have a big impact in Europe.
Diame would be a reasonable signing for most sides, but not those harbouring title ambitions, which Liverpool will hope to be doing once again next season.
Rumours have also emerged via Chris McKenna of the Daily Star that the Reds are weighing up a £38 million bid for Everton and England sensation Ross Barkley.
Toffees manager Roberto Martinez was quick to laugh off the claims, though, saying to BBC Sport:
“According to speculation, we have already turned down a £50m bid for Ross, so we're not going to take £38m. What do I think about all the speculation? It's quite enjoyable."
However, Barkley is exactly the type of player that Liverpool have to be looking to sign if their lofty ambitions are to be fulfilled, despite how unlikely the 20-year-old making the switch across Stanley Park is.
Diame, though, will need to look elsewhere if he’s to find his way out of the Upton Park exit door. While a talented player, it’s hard to see him cutting it amongst the Premier League’s best.
Liverpool are just four victories away from sealing the Premier League title for the first time since the 1989/90 season; and if they fail to scoop England’s top prize, fans won’t be saying, “If only we had Diame in the side.”
Quite simply, Liverpool need to aim a lot higher.