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Diame agent explains buyout clause in West Ham deal

The agent of Momo Diame has explained the buyout clause contained in his West Ham United contract.

Diame can be signed by a rival for £3.5 million.

"The only reason some clubs have the players they have is because of a clause being inserted," said Willie McKay.

"They may make an offer that is less wages than another club has offered but because they allow a trigger clause then the player will sign with them.

"Diame was a free transfer and believed he could command a better salary than he was offered so to compensate for that the clause was put in so he could leave in six months time for £3.5million. That way the club can sell him at a quick profit or renegotiate.

"West Ham bought out Frederic Kanoute's clause and sold him for a profit; Wigan bought out Pascal Chimbonda's at £2million and sold him to Tottenham for £4.5m.

"The thing is everyone is happy with the clauses at the outset otherwise a deal would not be signed. It's only when things go wrong that people start saying they aren't happy or it's the agents' fault."

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