Hammers strike Diarra deal

Midfielder close to completing Upton Park switch

Alou Diarra: Set to move on after struggling to produce his best at Marseille

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Sky Sports understands that West Ham United have agreed a deal with Marseille for France international midfielder Alou Diarra.

The former Liverpool enforcer arrived in England on Thursday morning to undergo a medical and put the finishing touches to a move.

It is believed that the 31-year-old will pen a two-year contract with the Hammers.

Diarra was expected to be on the move this summer after struggling to settle at Marseille.

Future

He only joined the club in 2011, but failed to produce his best at Stade Velodrome.

He did make France's Euro 2012 squad, and started their first game against England, but much of his focus has been on the future.

Diarra will be hoping that a return to England will help to bring the best out of him and allow him to prove to those at Anfield that they were wrong to let him go without making a senior appearance.

His career took off after leaving Anfield, with spells at Lens, Lyon and Bordeaux seeing him pick up two French titles and two Coupe de la Ligue successes.