Newcastle are reported today to possible be after Arsenal midfielder Lassana Diarra as manager Sam Allardyce looks to add extra creativity to his midfield.
Lassana Diarra – would be great acquisition for Newcastle United
Newcastle have not yet bid for the 22-year-old France international, but have made an enquiry about a player who has been in their sights for some time.
Also Lassana, who was signed from Chelsea in the summer is not too happy with the chances he is getting at the Emirates and has told Arsene Wenger he would like to move on. He has made only 13 appearances to date, with just eight of them starts.
A couple of weeks ago Arsene Wenger had put a Â£6M price tag on the player even though he cost only Â£2m from Chelsea in August. The Frenchman is hardly pleased that after just a few games with Arsenal, the club wants to make Â£4M on the player.
Former Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder was a great admirer of the youngster while he was at Chelsea, but it looks like Big Sam is readying an offer for the youngster.
Not surprisingly, other top clubs are interested including Portsmouth, who are on the former Le Havre man’s trail. Since they are about the same age we suspect Lassana may have played with Charles Nâ€™Zogbia at Le Havre, although weâ€™re not sure if thereâ€™s any friendship there, but Newcastle do now have lots of French speaking players at the club. So presumably it would be easy for Lassana to settle at the Newcastle club.
Lassana has played twice against Newcastle United this season, playing to full game in our 2-0 Carling Cup third round defeat in September and then in our 1-1 Premier League draw at St. Jamesâ€™ last month.
Lassana Diarra would be a great January signing for our club.