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Allardyce to hold talks with unhappy Diarra

The West Ham manager has responded to Alou Diarra's complaints that his move to Upton Park was 'a waste of time' Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is to hold talks with Alou Diarra after the summer signing said his move to Upton Park has been a waste of time.

The 31-year-old was brought in from Marseille following the Hammers' promotion but has struggled with injury, making just five appearances.

That lack of football has left Diarra frustrated, leading him to tell L'Equipe he is ready to leave the east Londoners, saying: "I have wasted my time".

The France international claims he was sold false promises when he joined the club and that he has a non-existent relationship with Allardyce.

Allardyce responded: "He is obviously clear, without telling me, that he is not happy with the situation, which is understandable ... You get this all the time as a manager when you bring a player of his experience and calibre over from France

... If he is unhappy, he just has to tell me what he wants to do and we'll see how we go from there ... We'll have that discussion and we'll make a decision after that on the future of Alou."

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