West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce admits they beat Liverpool for Momo Diame.

Allardyce revealed the Reds had also been looking to make a move for Diame - something which convinced the former Blackburn boss he was signing a good player.

"I spoke to (former Liverpool manager) Kenny (Dalglish) about it - for me it just sort of made me feel so much better than I'd already felt when I signed him," he said.

'When you speak to Kenny and he says, "yes, we were going to take him," it gives you that little bit more these days, signing players on.

"It's a huge task in terms of what you have to go through and that process and then when you've done it you've got somebody of Kenny's experience backing up what your judgement is."