Papa sets promotion goal

Papa Bouba Diop is determined to prove to himself that he made the right decision to join West Ham United - by helping the Hammers gain promotion back to the Premier League this season.

The experienced Senegal internaitional midfielder has played at the very highest level during a successful playing career, whether it be by scoring his country's winner against holders France at the 2002 FIFA World Cup or winning trophies in Switzerland, England and Greece.

Diop is determined to add to his medal collection by inspiring West Ham to the npower Championship title, and believed the positive result at Hull City last Saturday was a sign of the club's intentions.

"West Ham are a big club," said the No21. "Last year, the team maybe wasn't confident because it was a difficult time. But we have good players here, we are a big club, have a big fanbase and we have honours, so it wasn't difficult for me to decide.

"When I came here, I said 'I am here with the team to help the club go up again' - that is the aim and I am happy to be in this situation. Everyone is working towards going up and being in the top league, so for me that is good.

"This is a difficult league but we are a good team and we want to work to go up again."