Maiga and Diarra departures could free up space for new arrivals.
With Sam Allardyce claiming yesterday that he had filled his quota of 25 players for registration for the Premier League, could the possible departures of both Modibo Maiga and Alou Diarra free up space for a couple of new arrivals to The Boleyn Ground.
With the transfer window closing on Friday, Bordeaux and Nice are expected to increase their interest in the West Ham striker. With the return of Andy Carroll alongside new signing Marco Borriello from Roma, Maiga must surely be looking elsewhere. Having spent five years playing in the French leagues with FC Sochaux and Le Mans, a potential move back to France could be on the cards.
Maiga is not the only player linked with a move away from the club. The big Frenchman, Alou Diarra , who publicly stated last year that he wanted to leave the club may now be granted his wish as game time will be hard to come by with the likes of Mark Noble, Stewart Downing, Joe Cole, Matt Taylor, Kevin Nolan, Mohamed Diame and Jack Collison and the new boy Antonio Nocerino joining on loan this week from AC Milan.
The potential departures of Maiga and Diarra could free up two places in the 25 man squad. After a first bid of £4m was rejected, it appears that Ross McCormack still remains top of manager Sam Allardyce’s list after a second bid is expected to be made before the window closes. However, Allardyce does not appear to be putting all of his eggs in one basket as he has also been linked with Polish hot prospect Piotr Parzyszek, according to Dutch sources. The 20-year-old has emerged as one of the most promising strikers in Holland having netted 23 goals in 42 appearances for De Graafschap. Parzyszek has not gone under the radar around the rest of Europe, with interest from Benfica. However, implications such as the player returning to De Graafschap on loan for the rest of the season may have a negative influence on him being signed.