Redknapp makes Hammers raid for Diame as QPR boss begins January spree
12:01 GMT, 29 December 2012
Harry Redknapp has launched a raid for West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame in a bid to secure QPR's Barclays Premier League lives.
The Senegal international has a 3.5million trigger clause written into his contract and Redknapp hopes he can tempt Diame across London.
The midfield powerhouse is just the kind of player the R's boss needs with his side languishing in the relegation zone.
Wanted man: Redknapp has made a bid for West Ham's Diame
The west London club have won just once in the league this term, despite a huge influx of new players in the summer.
And without a fresh injection of new blood in the January transfer window, they could be heading back into the Football league after two seasons in the top flight.
Diame has been an instant in east London after moving south from Wigan on a free last summer. But his future could now lay elsewhere after Redknapp laid out his desire to capture the Hammers star man.
His agent, Willie McKay, has laid out exactly why some player shave these low release triggers written into their contracts.
'The only reason some clubs have the players they have is because of a clause being inserted.' said McKay.
'They may make an offer that is less wages than another club has offered but because they allow a trigger clause then the player will sign with them.
'Diame was a free transfer and believed he could command a better salary than he was offered so to compensate for that the clause was put in so he could leave in six months time for 3.5million. That way the club can sell him at a quick profit or renegotiate.
Crocked: Diame is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury
'West Ham bought out Frederic Kanoute’s
clause and sold him for a profit; Wigan bought out Pascal Chimbonda’s at
2million and sold him to Tottenham for 4.5m.
'The thing is everyone is happy with the clauses at the outset otherwise a deal would not be signed. It’s only when things go wrong that people start saying they aren’t happy or it's the agents' fault.'
Diame is currently recovering from a hamstring tear – which he suffered in the defeat to Liverpool – but is expected to be fit enough to return in early January.
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