Newcastle Ready To Bid For Lassana Diarra

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 £6M price tag on the player even though he cost only £2m from Chelsea in August. The Frenchman is hardly pleased that after just a few games with Arsenal, the club wants to make £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 N’Zogbia at Le Havre, although we’re not sure if there’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. James’ last month.

Lassana Diarra would be a great January signing for our club.

78 comments so far

  • sparetheman

    Jan 8, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #1

    This is what I want to see – Sam acknowledging our midfield isn’t up to scratch. I really rate Diarra, I think he may be a world beater in the making. Would be great if we could snatch him up.

  • ToonKing

    Jan 8, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #2

    well, i don’t rate Diarra, at all. hope it won’t happen.

  • obafemimartins

    Jan 8, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #3

    he needs to be in the first team and then he will be good. he goes on strike if he isnt playing and demands to leave

  • James

    Jan 8, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #4

    He won’t come. He said if things didn’t work out at Arsenal he would go abroad.

  • James

    Jan 8, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #5

    Another player we are strongly being linked to today is Pascal Chimbonda. He is unsettled at Spurs and recently laughed when Ramos asked him to play as a centre back instead of as a right back. What chance is there he would like Fat Sam’s tactics of playing everyone out of position?

  • James

    Jan 8, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #6

    I still believe a £12 million bid would secure Carrick (a geordie boy through and through). Ferguson prefers Hargreaves, Anderson, and Nani.

    Do we want Carrick in the centre?

  • scott9

    Jan 8, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #7

    this would be an exellent signing i was goin on about this since he said he wanted to leave but i think our only downfall will be if man citry come in for him then i think he might go there or even toottenham
    i really hope we get him though cause our midfiled is poor i hope we sign arshwvin awell and a centre back

  • ToonKing

    Jan 8, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #8

    Carrick yes, Diarra no.

  • Brian

    Jan 8, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #9

    @ James
    I would love to see Carrick and he is a 100% Geordie he Bleeds Black and White and he is also a bloody good player. The problem here is we don’t have the money to buy him.

  • James

    Jan 8, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #10

    Dear Mort

    We know you want to keep the purse strings tight in Jan, so try this out for size :

    Carrick – £12 million
    Sidwell – on loan
    Walcott – on loan

    All three will want to impress Capello and need to be playing regular football to do so.

  • Gooderz

    Jan 8, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Diarra would be a great long term replacement for Butt and can fill in at RB as well.

    Carrick would be another great signing. Getting a Geordie into the team as well as someone able to pick and a pass, put in a tackle and decent shooting ability should ease the pressure on Allardyce. He may not fit in with the youth policy, but he’s a quick fix and entering his prime years and would be a pivotal player in the midfield. Plus I believe his brother coaches one of the club’s youth sides.

    If we could then get Ludovic Magnin on the cheap as an experienced LB and out of contract this summer, then the team could hold it’s own until the summer.

  • Dragoner

    Jan 8, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #12


  • James

    Jan 8, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Brian – we do have the money. But Mort said he’ll only spend it on players who can play here for years.

    Carrick wouldn’t turn down Newcastle. And he needs to impress Capello.

  • Pete

    Jan 8, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #14

    I’d support this if the cost isn’t too high. Given the fact that he’s 22 years old, probably a better passer/technically gifted than the usual crew in the middle of the park atm. As a short term RB fix/long term replacement for Butt at DM this could be a reasonable buy.
    Only thing that worries me is that he’s just beeing offloaded from Arsenal/Chelsea and i truly hate having to settle for scraps from the “big boys”.
    Haven’t really seen this guy play enough football to judge him yet.

  • sparetheman

    Jan 8, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #15

    I very much doubt Man Utd would let Carrick go this season.

  • James

    Jan 8, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #16

    Man Utd would sell Carrick because they want the funds for Berbatoff.

    Just think how much signing Carrick would lift the team and the fans? He would make us pass the ball on the floor and with Taylor behind him we’d have a Geordie back bone in the team.

  • broon ale

    Jan 8, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #17

    wes baheng is playing for the reserves against the mackems

  • sparetheman

    Jan 8, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #18

    Diarra wouldn’t be a long term replacement for Butt. He’s certainly good enough to be in the first team straight away and do a better job than any of our current centre-mids, alongside Butt or not. He’s not a right back though, in my opinion.

  • sparetheman

    Jan 8, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #19

    James, you don’t think Man Utd, the richest club in the world, could afford Berbatov if they wanted him?
    In any case, Ferguson has categorically stated they won’t be signing anyone this transfer window. Anyone who thinks we’ll be getting Carrick this month is kidding themselves.

  • Zx

    Jan 8, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #20

    Diarra won’t add more creativity i’m afraid,I think we need midfielders who can score goals, rather than buying more def mids.

  • ToonKing

    Jan 8, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #21

    bloody hell, when did this go through ????

    WESLEY Ngo Baheng will feature for Newcastle United Reserves against Sunderland tonight.

    The 18-year-old is cleared to play at Kingston Park (kick-off 7pm) after completing his move to the Magpies from Le Havre.

    Experienced right-back Stephen Carr also makes an appearance as he returns from injury, while Andy Carroll and Kazenga LuaLua – who both figured as subs in Sunday’s FA Cup stalemate at Stoke City – are included too by coach Adam Sadler.

    United line up as follows: Fraser Forster, Stephen Carr, Darren Lough, David Edgar, Callum Morris, Alex Francis, Wesley Ngo Baheng, Mark Doninger, Andy Carroll, Kazenga LuaLua, Jonny Godsmark.
    Subs: Frank Wiafe Danquah, James Marwood, Alex Patterson, Patrick McLaughlin, Ryan Donaldson.

    Anyways he too is here now.

  • James

    Jan 8, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #22

    Why spend £6 million on Wes Brown ( who is terrible)

    £5 million on Nolan (who is worse)


    £5 million on Diarra (who Mourinho said wasn’t good enough)?

    When you could use the lump sum to make a signing that would unite the fans – Carrick for Newcastle

  • GM

    Jan 8, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #23

    Diarra was class when he dominated the midfield against b’burn in the cup, in my opinion he is much more the sort of player we should be looking at not bloody nolan or any other bolton esq player.

  • James

    Jan 8, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #24

    Arsenal want £6 million for Diarra. Is he honestly worth that at the moment? Wenger only signed him in the summer and he’s already looking to offload him – what does that tell you about the player?

  • scott9

    Jan 8, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #25

    james we aint get gonna carrick and this is why.
    1.hes happy at united.
    2. we couldnt afford to spend that much on 1 player.
    3. ferguson rates him and wouldnt even think about selling him.
    4. he wouldnt come to newcastle cause we dont play european football even though he is a geordie.

  • scott9

    Jan 8, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #26

    plus man utd already have S*it loads of money so they dont need to sell anyone to get berbatov

  • Willowtoon

    Jan 8, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #27

    Tells you more about the stength of Arsenals squad……………….

    Yes please

  • Santa Cruz

    Jan 8, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #28

    Get Ben Haim for 2 mill
    Only Diarra for 3 mill.
    Sidwell on loan if possible.
    And a right back, dont know who though.

  • sparetheman

    Jan 8, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #29

    Wenger hasn’t even said he’s trying to offload him – you’ve literally made that up. I actually expect our approach to be rebuffed unless Diarra puts up a big fuss.

    Surely we can all agree he’ll be an improvement on Smith and Butt in the midfield?!

  • Rich

    Jan 8, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #30

    I think Diarra would be a good player for us. Given our current situation Mort will bring in a few youngsters and only a couple of first team player i feel.

    Looking at our squad i think the most important areas to strenghthen are a centre back, Right Back, an Attacking midfielder who can play right wing and possible another defensive midfield player. Diarra could be our defensive midfield player who can cover right back. Get Arshavin for our attacking midfielder and a defender who can play across the back 4 who i really dont have a clue who we should go for and we should be an improved unit. i would be fairly pleasesd with Wes Brown for this position as he is better than most we currently have – eg cacapa, Rozzenthal, Carr

  • James

    Jan 8, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #31

    Diarra won’t come to Newcastle

  • scott9

    Jan 8, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #32

    and u think carrick will

  • James

    Jan 8, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #33

    Scott9 – He came to Newcastle on football manager so it must be true in real life too surely??

  • StevieA

    Jan 8, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #34

    It looks like Sam is fast tracking our most promising youth players by the looks of things. Playing them in the reserves is the step before introducing them into the 1st team. That’s good to see! 🙂

    Diarra is massively underrated and will no doubt have a point to prove, he would be a fantastic signing mark my words.

  • ToonKing

    Jan 8, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #35

    Diarra is no good, i agree that he would be an improvement over Butt and Smithy but heck, a blind, crippled hobbit would be an improvement too. We need someone better. Diarra is good as a back-up but he’s no Newcastle first teamer imo.

  • mark

    Jan 8, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #36

    James – what? Carrick is preferred over Hargreaves.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 8, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #37

    Bollocks, we could do much better than Diarra at that price.


    You who say he will play RB, thats why he left Chelsea even though he was a stop gap RB.

  • scott9

    Jan 8, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #38

    james please tell me ur taking the piss when u say he came to newcastle on football manager so it can happen in real life.
    are u on about on the ps2 game he came to newcastle so he will in real life or are u just taking the piss when u say that

  • Petworth Mag

    Jan 8, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #39

    I’d pay that for Diarra, 6m to replace Butt with a player that can pass, yes please.

  • James

    Jan 8, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #40

    You’re all under the assumption that Fat Sam will play Diarra in midfield. Knowing him he’ll probably play him in defense.

    He certainly won’t replace Butt or Smith. Sam always picks them when fit.


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