Hammers eager to add Diouf to double coup
Published 23:00 24/01/11 By Alan Nixon
West Ham want to rush through a move for Blackburn Rovers bad boy El Hadji Diouf.
The Senegalese star could be off to the Hammers in the next 24 hours – even in time for the Carling Cup semi – if a deal is struck at all ends.
Diouf thought he could leave Rovers for nothing despite having 18 months left on his contract. He was an unused sub in their win over West Brom on Sunday.
However Blackburn want a fee for Diouf, especially as boss Steve Kean is running into problems recruiting players for his thin squad.
Kean may let Diouf leave sooner if he can land Sebastian Larsson from Birmingham now rather than wait to take him in the summer on a free transfer.
The Rovers chief said: “We have put in an offer for Larsson, but now we are told he is not available.”
Kean is set to snap up young Brazilian striker Roniele Gomes dos Santos from Sao Paolo, with the 19-year-old due to arrive at Ewood Park in the next few days.
Hammers boss Avram Grant has also added Middlesbrough right winger Gary O’Neil to his squad for a bargain £1.5million.
O’Neil was made available by hard-up Boro, who are trying to raise cash and lighten the load of their massive payroll.
And to complete a busy day at Upton Park, the Hammers also tied up the loan signing of Hoffenheim striker Demba Ba.