Newcastle Transfer Update on Alou Diarra

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 – so let’s see what has happened since then.


Alou Diarra

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 ₤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 wasn’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 can’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 – but this transfer has already dragged on quite a while. We still believe Diarra is a good young defensive midfield player – although the fee of ₤5.5M is high.

That’s an update as far as we understand it – and we think Diarra does want to come to Newcastle – 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.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Stephen

    Jul 4, 2007 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #1

    Not to sure about him.I think we could get a cheaper player .Didnt impress when he was at Liverpool.We need a defensive midfielder with Butt not getting any younger.I get Flamini in from Arsenal suppose to be on a free.He wants to leave also doesnt fit into Arsenal attacking football but has good quailtys that Big Sam would like.

  • P.collins

    Jul 4, 2007 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Newcasle already have a good range of midfielders, money could be spent better elsewhere in the team, such as defenders who can read and understand the game their isnt to many of them about though, also i think one more striker, you won’t get afull season out of Owen or Viduka and if Martins does stay we lose him for a month in the new year anyway. Fingers crossed for Eidur!

  • Robert-from Serbia

    Jul 4, 2007 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #3

    I wouldnt sign Diarra…and i agree with Stephen…i would rather use Butt,then that fool-Diarra…Butt is expiriensed player and we still need to use his abilites…he had a great season and has saved lot of goals for us.So we should touch Butts position.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 4, 2007 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #4

    Well when we were looking at the transfer saga with Diarra today – he does appear to be a bit strange – even dare i say it – a trouble-maker. Not sure if this transfer will happen.

  • Obafan

    Jul 4, 2007 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #5

    Hope he goes to Bordeaux; I can’t see him fit in our team. We do have Butt, full of experience and confidence after last year. I am glad we’ve got him in our ranks, cause I rate him higher than Parker.

    The next signings would be: Habib Beye (I really hope he comes to Newcastle); Edmilson (is injured, but when he will be fit he is top class), a left back and perhaps Gudjonson (if Barca tells him quickly that he hasn’t got a future there).

  • Michael

    Jul 4, 2007 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #6

    I don’t know much about him but seems to fit the physical description of a vieira. Would like to see him at the club, he can’t be that bad if hes in such demand and has played 12 times for france. So what if he didn’t impress at liverpool, vieira didn’t impress at Milan and look what happened to him!

  • Robert-from Croatia

    Jul 4, 2007 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #7

    I think Butt is a great player,expirienced,he proved that last season even when he was our captain for some time.Alou Diarra is not so good,unproven,we don’t know how would he fit in the Premiership,I watched some of his games for Lyon,nothing special,for that fee we could buy a lot better defensive midfielder.

  • Bev

    Jul 4, 2007 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #8

    It makes me laugh when people say “all we need is defenders, our midfield is good “etc, our midfield is not good, yes we have made quality signings in barton and geremi (who wont play every game), but our midfield was non exsistent last season, they couldn’t play well together for more than 10 minutes!!! If our good new signings in midfield (hopefully a few more) get injured then our seconds of Butt, Emre, Duff etc can’t cut it, they proved that last season, thats why BS is looking for more midfielders, in my opinion of course lol!

  • Robert-from Serbia

    Jul 4, 2007 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #9

    Geremi signed for Newcastle?? i didnt see at offical site Oo

  • LiamBirchy8

    Jul 4, 2007 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #10

    i would love us to get diarra for 5.5m and then do a part exchange with fenerbache and swap emre for stephen appiah. He is the Ghana captain and is a great centre midielder, he will add creativity and height.

  • valle

    Jul 4, 2007 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #11

    Bev… So Duff, Butt and Emre cant cut it huh?. Well they seemed to do pretty well before going to Newcastle i reckon, and in the case of Butt he was THE midfielder on our team last season. Duff will prove his worth and he will make you eat your words im sure, so perhaps so wont have the last laugh i reckon… When all that is said, i do agree with you that our midfield could use some reinforcements if we wanna cut it with the big boys. Imo Milner is to young to be seen as a full time solution, he should be playing second fiddle to someone more experienced like SWP or Ljundberg and we could also use a really top class defensive midfielder to fight it out with Butt if u chose Geremi for right back. I would also take a look at young N’Zogbia, if he is as disgruntled as last season then he is of no use to us and he should be sold with someone else comming in to fight it out with Duff for left wing… Christian Poulsen from Sevilla could be ideal as the Def midfielder imo.

  • Bev

    Jul 4, 2007 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #12

    I agree that Butt was our best player last season but there wasn’t a lot of competition! Duff is injured too much now to make a real impression and Emre is never consitent, just look at how brilliantly he played against Chelsea and then how bad he was against Portsmouth but perhaps BS can change all that. But I do think we need midfield signings too not just defence like a lot of people are saying. We’ll just have to see what BS and Mr Ashley can do, oh and I hope I am made to eat my words but somehow I doubt it!

  • jeff

    Jul 4, 2007 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #13

    Bev, Big sam will get the best out of the players that you were dissapointed with last season. you wont believe that they are the same players.Talent dosent disappear overnight,but confidence and enthusiasm can and did.
    Once the team and management are all pissing in the same pot, you’ll see.

  • rob the geordie

    Jul 4, 2007 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #14

    what about motta from barcelona hes a quality defensive midfielder and im sure i read somewhere that he would be available quite cheaply and i do believe we are crying out for a skillful creative midfielder so i think who better than juan ramon riquelme,im not sure how much he would be available for but i do believe he is still a villareal player who is currently just about to finish a 5 month loan stint at boca juniors,now these signing would have my heart racing and excited for the coming season

  • Bill F

    Jul 5, 2007 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #15

    I remember a Diarra playing for Lyon a few seasons back who I thought was the real heart of their team. Don’t know if he is same one but if he is would be a massive plus for any team

  • Obafan

    Jul 5, 2007 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #16

    Bill F this is not the same Diarra, the Diarra you mentioned is the one who plays for Real Madrid now, he scored the goal which gave them the Spanish title this year (last game against Mallorca at home, when they were 1-0 down till the 70th minute).

  • Brian Strand

    Jul 5, 2007 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #17

    Diarra never got a game for Liverpool, but he was very young at the time about 18, they got him from Bayern Munich he played for there youth team and came on a free transfer, and was loaned out to Lens in france. If he has played for France National team he can`t be that bad.

  • Bill F

    Jul 9, 2007 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #18

    Yes I thought this was the case, pity!


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