Mohamed Diame (R)
West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame (R) was a target for Arsenal in the January transfer window Reuters

Liverpool are preparing a move for West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame in the summer, according to the Daily Mirror.

The midfielder has revealed that he wants to leave Upton Park for a top-six club in the upcoming transfer window and the Reds are reportedly interested in his services. Brendan Rodgers is looking to strengthen his squad in the summer, especially with European commitments set to take their toll on a relatively thin squad.

Liverpool finished the league in second position, two points behind Manchester City but were spared the trouble of travelling to Europe, having finished in seventh position in the previous season.

Diame's arrival will give them some much needed steel in midfield, especially with Steven Gerrard entering his mid-thirties and likely to be used sparingly after the World Cup in June.

Diame revealed last month that he was in Liverpool's shortlist for the summer and wants to realise his ambitions by playing for a club plying its trade in Europe.

"Liverpool? I can't tell you if I will be a Liverpool player next season. But I think my name is still on their wanted list. I don't hide it, I'm ambitious and I want to join a top-six side. I am 26 years old and it's time to take that step," Diame said.

The midfielder reportedly has a £3.5m release clause in his contract which expires next season and will be a good signing for any time in the top half owing to his physicality and composure on the ball.

The Reds have been drawn in pot three of the Champions League and may pay the price for their absence from Europe's biggest club competition by being pitted against formidable opposition. Manchester City will be in pot two while Chelsea and Arsenal, if they manage to qualify, will take their place in pot one.