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Mo up for Olympic challenge: Mohamed Diame is looking forward to representing Senegal at London 2012

Mohamed Diame is gearing up for London 2012 after being named in Senegal’s Olympic squad.

The West Ham United midfielder is one of three over-age players named by the Senegal Football Federation for the Games, which will see Senegal take on his new team-mate James Tomkins and Team GB in Group A.

With the likes of former Hammer Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse not includes, Diame is one of only two English-based players in the squad alongside Everton youngster Magaye Gueye.

The 25-year-old summer capture from Wigan Athletic told of his joy at being involved in the world’s biggest sporting event.

“I am very excited and happy to be representing my country at the Olympics in London,” he said. “I received a call from Senegal to say I was in the squad and so we start our training now for that.

“For me it is a big thing, not only as a player but for my country – it is the first time ever that Senegal will take a team to play in the Olympics and so it is very special not only for the team, but for everyone in our country.

“We know the interest and support we will have from everyone back home will be very big, so we want to make sure we do our best to represent our country very well.

“I am one of the over-age players and we have a mix of players in the squad. I will try to help the younger players but also make sure I will do my best on the pitch for my country.

“I would like to thank the gaffer [Sam Allardyce] and West Ham for allowing me to join up with my country to take part in the Olympics – I will miss out on some pre-season training but I will be working hard and training hard so I am ready when I return to West Ham.”

After spending last week training with West Ham in Austria and completing 90 minutes in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at FK Austria Wien, Diame travelled to Senegal’s pre-Olympic training camp in France on Monday.

Senegal open their Olympic campaign against Team GB at Old Trafford on 26 July, before moving to face Uruguay at Wembley three days later. The first-time qualifiers conclude their Group A campaign when taking on United Arab Emirates in Coventry on 1 August.

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West Ham send strong squad for Boreham Wood friendly


Sam Allardyce will take a squad including new boys Jussi Jaaskelainen and Mohamed Diame to Meadow Park for tomorrow’s friendly clash


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West Ham United are expected to send a powerful first-team squad to Boreham Wood tomorrow night (Tuesday) for their opening pre-season friendly on British soil.

Manager Sam Allardyce takes his newly-promoted Hammers to Meadow Park for a 7.30pm kick-off against the Blue Square Bet South outfit and that may include new faces Jussi Jaaskelainen and Mohamed Diame in the line-up.

Also scheduled to get a run-out for the Hammers are Winston Reid, George McCartney, Kevin Nolan, Sam Baldock, Nicky Maynard, Carlton Cole, Ricardo Vaz Te, Stephen Henderson, Matty Taylor, Mark Noble, Guy Demel, Ravel Morrison and Gary O’Neil.

There will also be a chance for fans to see the play-off trophy as it will be paraded around the pitch.

West Ham have been allocated 2,250 tickets for the match, with seated tickets available at £19 each, including a souvenir matchday programme.

A further 2,000 standing tickets are available, priced at £16 for adults and £10 for over-65s and under-10s.

Tickets will be available on the night.

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West Ham United keen on Sunderland and former Manchester United midfielder



West Ham United are understood to be close to completing the signing of Sunderland midfielder Kieran Richardson.

The Hammers have been strongly linked with a £2.5m move for the former Manchester United player.

Richardson, 27, has struggled to secure regular football at Sunderland since the arrival of new manager Martin O’Neill.

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Sam aiming to be the main man again at West Ham

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Published on Monday 9 July 2012 11:09

Sam Baldock is determined to establish himself as a Premier League footballer as he gears up for the new season with West Ham United.

The diminutive Aylesbury-born striker opened his pre-season account with a goal in the Hammers’ 3-1 defeat against Austria Wien on Saturday.

Life at his new club started so well for Baldock with five goals in his first five games helping him strike an instant rapport with the club’s fans.

But, having been left out of the starting lineup for much of the second half of last season, the former MK Dons star is itching to force his way back into manager Sam Allardyce’s thoughts and make an impact in the world’s top league.

“I don’t see why I can’t take this opportunity to stake my claim,” said Baldock.

“Everyone knows that during the second half of last year I was very frustrated.

“I’m a footballer who wants to play football at the end of the day.

“I’ve been working hard and hopefully I’ll be given a chance to show what I can do.”

Focusing on his goal, Baldock revealed that he had been slightly fortunate to score, but that there was no luck involved in him being in the right place at the right time to meet Carlton Cole’s far-post cross.

“I wasn’t particularly pleased with my performance but I don’t think anyone can say they played particularly well – it was more about getting a run out and seeing if you can get that match-sharpness after six days of training.

“It was a good end to the trip in a nice stadium with a good atmosphere and quite a few travelling fans, which was nice to see.”

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