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Tottenham could meet Mohamed Diame's £3.5 million release clause and try to tempt the midfielder to White Hart Lane.

Jamie McDonald

Tottenham Hotspur may meet Mohamed Diame's £3.5 million release clause and try to convince him to make the trip across London to White Hart Lane, according to the Guardian. The signing would make for a nice reaction to Sandro's season-ending injury, but beyond that, it would be a nice addition of a top-notch midfielder for an insanely cheap price.

Diame has been phenomenal for West Ham, essentially destroying all opposing midfields by himself because he is half-monster, half-machine. That his release clause is so cheap is borderline ridiculous, but West Ham's loss can be some other club's gain. Even Tottenham's.

Thus far, Arsenal, Everton and Fulham have all been linked to Diame. Basically, any club in the league would love Diame, but reaching his release clause is only one part of the equation. Convincing him to leave Upton Park is another.

"I know there are people out there saying things about me, but I have spoken with the manager and told him that I want to stay here," Diame said on West Ham's website.

So even if Spurs decide to spend the £3.5 million, they will have to do even more. They will have to spend whatever it takes to get Diame to pick up and move across town, too.

Some may be averse to signing yet another central midfielder, but in this case it would be silly to say no if Diame can be convinced. Diame's signing would allow Tom Huddlestone and/or Jake Livermore to be sold so the numbers game is fine and even if numbers do become an issue, having a player as good as Diame without enough playing time for him (this is assumedly after Sandro returns) is a pretty good problem. Worst case scenario, Spurs don't have enough time for Diame and sell him in a year or two for well more than the £3.5 million they would have paid for him.

Diame to Tottenham? Yes please. Pretty, pretty please.