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Confusion reigns over Newcastle move for Lassana Diarra

7 years ago

Confusion reigns over claims of a Newcastle United move for Lassana Diarra.

The defensive midfielder, who can also operate at right-back, found fame at Real Madrid and previously played for Chelsea, Arsenal and Portsmouth.

After Spain, Diarra moved on to Anzhi and played against Newcastle in the Europa League season when United reached the quarter finals.

After that though, Lassana Diarra’s story gets a bit confusing.

Moving to Lokomotiv Moscow in August 2013, the French international cost the Russian club £10m and signed a three year deal.

However, Diarra was then claimed to be available on a free transfer this summer and Harry Redknapp actually announced that he’d signed the midfielder just before the summer transfer window closed. The Queens Park Rangers manager raving about signing a quality player who he’d had at Portsmouth when the pair of them won the FA Cup.

However, it was belatedly announced that the deal had fallen down due to a problem between Diarra and Lokomotiv Moscow.

Just this week though Celtic were said to have tied up a deal for Lassana Diarra, only for a problem to come up regarding Lokomotiv Moscow refusing to release his registration.

The Glasgow club said to have agreed a two year deal for the player who turns thirty in March.

Newcastle are now reported by the People newspaper to have ‘hijacked’ the deal and are set to agree terms with the midfielder.

Having paid £10m only a year ago, it all seems very strange that Diarra should be available for nothing, a French international with that kind of playing pedigree.

Whatever his contractual situation he hasn’t played a game since May earlier this year and could prove a real bargain signing, if he is indeed available on a free.

Lokomotiv Moscow have of course regularly been linked with Cheick Tiote and if there is any substance to this story, then it wouldn’t need a genius to work out how attractive a potential deal could look to Mike Ashley. Potentially Tiote and Diarra swapping clubs and Newcastle potentially banking around £10m in January.

Diarra is actually only one year older than Tiote and with Abeid potentially coming through, it could be a deal too good to turn down for the Newcastle owner.


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