Last Updated on September 8, 2018 by mybiohub
Mohamed Diamé was born on 14 June 1987 in the Paris suburb of Créteil. He is also known as Momo Diamé, Mohammed is a professional footballer who plays for English club Newcastle United, as a midfielder. Though born in France, Diamé represented Senegal at international level and made 31 appearances before retiring from national duty in 2017.
He was selected to attend the Clairefontaine academy between 2000 and 2003. Mohammed began his professional career in 2003 with RC Lens, but left four years later after facing health problems. After a full recovery, he signed for lowly Spanish side CD Linares in 30 July 2007, and moved to Rayo Vallecano the following year, helping the Madrid-based team to a mid-table position in the Segunda División, after being promoted in the 2007–08 season. During his time with Rayo it was reported that La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona were interested in signing the midfielder, as well as Premier League side Arsenal.
On 22 August 2009, Diamé joined Wigan Athletic, signing a three-year contract. The transfer had earlier been temporarily put on hold, after alleged heart problems were found. Mohammed made his debut the same day as his transfer, in a 5–0 defeat to Manchester United.
On 20 June 2012, he joined West Ham United, signing a three-year contract. Diamé made his debut for West Ham on 18 August 2012 in a 1–0 win against Aston Villa. He scored his first goal for West Ham United in the 3–1 defeat to Arsenal on 6 October 2012. His second goal for the club was scored in the 3–1 victory over Chelsea on 1 December 2012.
On 22 March 2011, Mohammed was called up to play for Senegal, for whom he qualifies as his father was born in Dakar. He made his international debut later that month. In July 2012, he was announced as one of three over-age players in Senegal’s squad for the 2012 Olympics. He scored his first international goal for Senegal on 26 March 2016 in a 2–0 win against Niger in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match and he retired from international football in March 2017.