Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce is interested in taking Arsenal’s Lassana Diarra in the January transfer window, and the player is said to want to leave the Emirates.
Lassana Diarra – ready to leave Arsenal
Arsene Wenger has put a Â£6M price tag on the want-away 22 year-old former Chelsea player Lassana Diarra. Diarra cost only Â£2m from Chelsea in August, and the Frenchman is hardly pleased that after just a few games with Arsenal, the club wants to make Â£4M on the player.
Diarra was brought to Chelsea from Le Havre in July 2005 for just Â£1M, and has also been linked with Tottenham. But Newcastle have lots of French players, and players with French league experience in their side right now, and the Tyneside club may prove to be an attractive proposition to the young Frenchman.
Lassana is comfortable playing in midfield or defense, and has spent the last two seasons with Chelsea, where he collected a Carling Cup winnerâ€™s medal in February this year after playing in the final against Arsenal. He was awarded individual accolades as Young Player of the Year by both former clubs, Le Havre (2004) and Chelsea (2006).Â Diarra has already played for the full France side in their European 2008 qualifying campaign.
Thereâ€™s no doubt the Frenchman will be in big demand and former Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder was also keen to sign Diarra this year.Â Aston Villa are also said to be monitoring the situation. Monaco and Paris St German are reported to be interested in the Frenchman, but Lassana would prefer to stay in the Premier League.
We think Lassana would be an excellent buy for the Magpies, and we are hoping this story is true.
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