Mohamed Diame will be able to supply Sam Allardyce with plenty of inside knowledge about Sunday's opponents Newcastle United.

West Ham United's No21 regularly lines up alongside Magpies strikers Demba Ba and Papiss Ciss for the Senegal national team, while he came through the ranks at the famous Clairefontaine Academy in France with midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa.

Diame is looking forward to catching up with his friends at St James' Park, but is also confident of ruining their Sunday afternoons by helping the Hammers to build on last weekend's goalless home Barclays Premier League draw with champions Manchester City.

"After the game against Wigan, I think we needed to have this reaction against Manchester City. We did it, so now we have to maintain that and take the three points from Newcastle.

"There are a lot of fans there and it is a big stadium. I have some friends there, both Senegalese and Frenchmen, so it's going to be a good game.

"I know Demba and Papiss very well and I also know that they have scored a lot of goals. We have to make sure we don't give them a lot of chances to score. They are different players, but they both work every day in front of the goal and are strikers who know how to score, so we have to try to restrict their chances.

"I also know Hatem Ben Arfa very well. I was in Clairfontaine with him so I know he is a very good player. He has had a lot of injuries, but he is a very good player so we have to be careful about him as well."

The midfielder played at St James' Park twice during his three-year spell with Wigan Athletic, but did not finish on the winning side on either occasion. In October 2010, the Magpies and Latics drew 2-2, while in October 2011 France international Yohan Cabaye netted the only goal in a 1-0 Newcastle victory.

Diame's ability to speak French may come in useful when it comes to attacking and defending set pieces, as he will be able to understand the likes of Ba, Cisse, Ben Arfa and Cabaye should they choose to communicate in their native language. However, the Senegal midfielder played down any potential advantage his linguistic skills may give the Hammers on the pitch.

"Football is the same in any language, whether it is English or French. We are just going to go there and try to replicate the game we played against Manchester City. These are the games I enjoy and I am sure it will be the same for Andy [Carroll] and Nobby (Kevin Nolan) as well. It is going to be a good game and we are going to enjoy it and hopefully get the three points." 

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