Bordeaux are reported to have made an offer for Alou Diarra, the Lyons midfield player who is said to wanted by both Newcastle United and Portsmouth.
We covered this transfer about two weeks ago â€“ so let’s see what has happened since then.
Despite the resignation of Gerard Houllier, Diarra is still refusing to stay at Lyon, even though he would get a fresh start under new manager Alain Perrin. The player said he wanted to play in England, which caused Portsmouth to submit a â‚¤5.5M bid in May and it looked as though Portsmouth were ready to sign him. Lyon accepted the offer, but Diarra turned it down, saying Portsmouth wasnâ€™t big enough.
Diarra is a 6’2″ tall defensive midfielder and in May it was reported that Diarra wasn’t overly enthusiastic about joining Portsmouth. It was then that Diarra asked his agent to contact Sam Allardyce to see if he was still interested – because Sam had been interested when he was first appointed Newcastle manager.
Newcastle supposedly then entered the picture, and we’re not sure what really happened then – but news was that Sam offered Diarra terms which were satisfactory to him. Then Diarra decided not to rule out staying in France, and Bordeaux, also decided they were interested.
The latest reports are that although Bordeaux have made an offer they canâ€™t really afford Diarra and want him on loan instead, which is what Lyon want to avoid. If Newcastle want Diarra then it would seem now is the time to move for him â€“ but this transfer has already dragged on quite a while. We still believe Diarra is a good young defensive midfield player â€“ although the fee of â‚¤5.5M is high.
That’s an update as far as we understand it â€“ and we think Diarra does want to come to Newcastle â€“ so that would be an advantage to both Newcastle and Diarra – if we do end up signing him.
Finally a few facts on Diarra: He was at Liverpool for three years from 2002-2005 but never made one senior appearance for the club although he was on loan for much of the time. He went out on loan first to Le Havre where he made 25 appearances with no goals, then to SC Bastia where he made 35 appearances and 4 goals and finally signed for RC Lens where he made 66 appearances with 4 goals. He moved to Olympique Lyonnais in 2006 and will turn 26 in July – he has represented France 12 times.