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Hammers midfielder moves to Rennes

Alou Diarra, West Ham United Alou Diarra, West Ham United

Thursday, January 31, 2013
9:25 PM

Transfer news: West Ham United midfielder Alou Diarra has joined French club Rennes on loan for the remainder of the season.

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He only made the switch to Upton Park in the summer, moving from Marseille on the three-year deal, but a return to his homeland comes as no surprise after injury reduced him to six appearances.

He also gave a scathing interview to French newspaper L’Equipe earlier this month in which he claimed he had wasted his time in making the move and hit out at boss Sam Allardyce.

He said: “I have a three-year contract. I’m not unhappy financially, but I came to play, not to take an early retirement.

“I am positively at breaking point. At all the clubs where I’ve been, I’ve always had a discussion with the coach, so I know what he expected of me, how the team plays, my positioning.

“But since my arrival at West Ham I never spoke with the manager. Every day is ‘Hello, goodbye’. There is no dialogue, no explanation.”

Allardyce responded by saying Diarra just had to speak to him and it appears talks have now taken place, with the 44-cap France international heading off.

The departure comes shortly after Aston Villa defender Stephen Warnock revealed he had turned down the Hammers in favour of a move to Leeds, saying that the Yorkshire club had made him feel “wanted”.

A statement on the Hammers’ website read: ‘West Ham United can confirm that midfielder Alou Diarra has joined French Ligue 1 club Stade Rennais on loan for the remainder of the 2012/13 campaign.

‘The 31-year-old linked up with the Hammers in the summer of 2012 for an undisclosed fee from Olympique Marseille, but has only made one start for them in the Barclays Premier League this season, after picking up a thigh injury in training in September.

‘Diarra, who has 44 caps for France to his name, has spent most of his career in his homeland, with a spell at Bordeaux between 2007-11 proving to be his most fruitful.

‘Rennes will become the sixth top flight French side Diarra has figured for, following stints at Le Havre, Bastia, Lens, Lyon, Bordeaux and Marseille.’

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