Allardyce rules out Diouf signing

  • by Staff Writer
  • Friday, 28th October 2011

Sam Allardyce has revealed that he will not be signing El Hadji Diouf.

The West Ham manager, who came under heavy fire this week for considering signing a player who spat at West Ham supporters back in 2002 whilst a Liverpool player has just revealed that the deal is off.

Explaining the decision, Allardyce said: "Everyone seems to be aware that we've had El Hadji Diouf training with us but I've decided today not to offer him a short-term contract. We've had a good look at him over the past few days but because he's had no real football for some time his conditioning wasn't good.

"With that in mind - and the possibility that some of our injured players will be hopefully have recovered in the not too distant future - we won't be looking at a deal.

"Obviously I had to bear in mind the situation at the club with the fans. It was sensible to take everything into consideration and the most important thing is we are going pretty well at the moment and there shouldn't be any distractions."

Although Allardyce is understood to hold the final say with regards to transfers it is thought that the board pleaded with him not to sign Diouf, whose mere presence at Chadwell Heath in the past fortnight has caused a great deal of bad feeling between the manager and the fans.

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