France midfielder Alou Diarra has
sealed a move back to England after signing a three-year-deal
with West Ham United, the Premier League club announced on
The 31-year-old made the switch to east London from Ligue 1
side Olympique Marseille, where he has struggled since arriving
from Bordeaux last year.
"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 be playing for them in the Premier League," he told the
"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 a good choice for me.
"The club has just been promoted and I am looking forward to
a good challenge with the team ahead."
The transfer fee was not disclosed.
Diarra joined Liverpool in 2002 but did not make a senior
appearance, spending two seasons on loan in France before
signing with Lens in 2005.
The 31-year-old has been capped 44 times by France and was
part of their Euro 2012 squad.
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