Reports that midfielder Mohamed Diame is looking for a massive pay rise after demanding parity with the club’s top earners have been denied.

With the story breaking elsewhere and reported here we immediaetely put in our own calls.

We have contacted sources close to the player after reports broke  that he has laid down new pay requirements.

And we were told that the £70k a week demand was actually sought a year ago when he was was performing to the peak of his abilities.

Our source said: “It’s happened twice – a year ago and in the summer – there have been no fresh talks or anything else since then.

“He has a £3.5 million escape clause in his deal – that’s hardly the stuff of which £70k wages are made.”

We have also learned that Diame has since split from his former agent -Willie Mackay – and that his affairs are now being handled by French lawyers.

Other sites have reported that  the Senegalese midfielder,  has requested the pay increase recently.

And they have added that it’s believed the player has told West Ham he wants out of the club if they are not met.

But whilst admitting that such demands had been made in the past  our sources said: “There has been no further discussions with Mo – it’s news to us.”

We will continue to monitor!

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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