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Diarra ready to prove Premier League class

Alou Diarra couldn’t refuse the chance to join West Ham United.

The 31-year-old France international has penned a three-year deal with Hammers, who agreed an undisclosed fee with Marseille for his signature last week. This is regarded as quite a coup by Sam Allardyce, who has also added Mohamed Diame to his midfield options since winning promotion to the top-flight last season.

Diarra sees his move to Upton Park as the chance to build his reputation in the Premier League, following a disappointing spell at Liverpool from 2002-2005 in which he failed to make a single appearance in the competition. Having impressed in his homeland since quitting Anfield, he is now eager to prove he has the quality to succeed in England.

"I am very happy to be here at West Ham - everything is signed now which is good and I am excited to be here at this club and to be playing for them in the Premier League," he told the club's official website. "I know a lot about West Ham as a club and when I knew they were interested in signing me, I was very happy and knew it would be a good choice for me.

"The club has just been promoted and I am looking forward to a good challenge with the team ahead. I see this as my chance in the Premier League to do well with West Ham. I hope that my experience can help and the fans will see me give my all in the matches."

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