It is being reported today that Newcastle were in transfer negotiations with Arsenal for Lassana Diarra, which is one reason Diarra did not play in last nightâ€™s Carling Cup semi-final.
Lassana Diarra – was almost a Newcastle player – what’s happening?
But now that Sam Allardcye has been sacked we doubt very much that Lassana would want to sign for a club that hasnâ€™t even got a manager. To us this is some proof that the sacking of Big Sam came unexpectedly, and maybe even on both sides. Maybe Sam and Chris disagreed on some fundamental issue yesterday afternoon?
The fee for Diarra was in the vicinity of what Arsenal were looking for, which is around Â£5.5M. Arsenal had wanted Â£6M, even though they had paid only Â£2M for the player from Chelsea in the summer.
Various national newspapers are claiming 22-year-old French midfielder Diarra was on the verge of making the switch to St James’ Park. This would have been an excellent acquisition for Big Sam and Newcastle United.
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