Papa Bouba Diop (Midfielder)
28th Jan 1978 (Dakar, Senegal)Signed:
30th Aug 2011 (£0)Contract:
1 yearPrevious Club:
Free TransferKUMB Awards:
A giant of a man who stands 6'5" tall, Diop signed for West Ham United on the penultimate day of the 2011 summer transfer window having been released by AEK Athens for personal reasons.
The midfielder began his career with Swiss minnows Neuchatel Xamax and scored his first goal in English football for Fulham against West Ham back in 2003. He moved to Craven Cottage despite interest from Manchester United and remained there until 2007 when Portsmouth paid ?3.5million to take him to Fratton Park.
A year after moving to Pompey he was the subject of a ?4million bid - rejected by Portsmouth - from Italian giants AC Milan. However his spell on the South Coast continued until 2010 when he was sold to AEK for a knockdown price of just ?300,000 in order to remove his considerable salary from the bankrupt club's wage bill.
Diop was first linked with a move to West Ham during the January 2011 transfer window but then-manager Avram Grant's deadline day approach failed to succeed.