Arsenal’s Diarra Was About to Join Newcastle

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 night’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 hasn’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 £5.5M. Arsenal had wanted £6M, even though they had paid only £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.

Comments very welcome.

26 comments so far

  • Luke

    Jan 10, 2008 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #1


    he would’ve been a cracking signing.

  • Nev

    Jan 10, 2008 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #2

    would of been a great signing … french international and one that will improve greatly next 2-3 years
    fits morts bill perfectly .. hopefully he’ll sign him lol

  • James

    Jan 10, 2008 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #3

    I’m sure he’ll still come when his former manager takes control at Newcastle….

  • Edd Case

    Jan 10, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #4

    James – you are right again, as you were on a few things last night.

  • Steeley

    Jan 10, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #5

    Just seen a pool on the Shields Gazette website that looked something like this for next manager:

    9% Alan Shearer
    16 % Mark Hughes
    75% Someone else
    but…..0% Harry Redknapp!!

    Haha, he’s not a popular choice then! lol

    I still think that Diarra may sign for us, although I reckon he will want a full-time manager in the post before he signs.

  • Kash2

    Jan 10, 2008 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Excellent signing, he’s been very impressive for Arsenal when he has played. Diaby was excellent for Arsenal too last night, on the fringes of Arsenal but France regular like Diarra. Diaby and Diarra in the centre for Newcastle? Now that is a very powerful and skillful midfield!

    I hope he signs!

  • Mac

    Jan 10, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #7

    This is typical, Diarra would have been one of our best signings for a while,but now we won’t attract anyone and he’ll go to either Pompey,Spurs or Everton. I hope for all our sake that we do have a manager lined up andhe’s announced sooner rather than later so we don’t miss out in this window all together

  • mark

    Jan 10, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #8

    Mort better push this deal through.

  • steve

    Jan 10, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Ed – why don’t you stick a poll up on the blog about the next toon manager, I’m sure not many of us really want Hughes or Rednapp

  • Kash2

    Jan 10, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #10

    Mark Hughes would be a great appointment, I like Harry but its not a long term view really. If it’s a British manager, how come David Moyes hasn’t been mentioned?

  • valle

    Jan 10, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #11

    The rumour in the media atm is that there was a transfer decision yesterday where Sam was told that he would have to sell to raise money and if he sold for more than 8 mil by for instance selling Oba for 13, he would still only get 8 mil since thats what Mort thought would be sufficient. The rest would go to the accounts… If this is indeed true, we have to ask ourselves whether we have changed a money grabber for a closed purse, in which case we are no better off, since we still seem to make knee jerk decisions

  • Graham

    Jan 10, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #12

    Only a top, top anager will be given time by the fans – Redknapp will be in the same boat as Allardyce; Hughes isn’t big enough.

    If Ashley has any sense – and lets face it, you don’t make £2bn by being a numpty, then a top man is already in place. Anyone watching the arrivals from Portugal at Newcastle Airport today???

  • valle

    Jan 10, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #13

    I have said this before… Forget all the Redknapps and Hughes. They wouldnt last since they dont have stature that is needed here, Sam of all ppl is evidence of that.

  • Graham

    Jan 10, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #14

    Valle – if its true i doubt weve become a closed purse. Maybe thats only the amount that Mort and Ashley trusted gambling with Allardyce

  • valle

    Jan 10, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #15

    Graham, my thoughts exactly on ur post 11…

  • James

    Jan 10, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #16

    Guys what you have to remember is Ashley has been sitting with the fans and heard the abuse for Sam. So this appoitment will be the one he is judged on as a Chairman, so he will want the guy to be universally applauded. One that excites the fans.

    The media say it is Harry today. Yesterday they said it would be Shearer. Tomorrow they will say someone else. Let them print their nonsense.

    Ashley and Mort already know who it is.

  • valle

    Jan 10, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #17

    Graham… I hope it is wrong, but he have alrdy gotten allot of goodwill by doing simple things such as sitting with the fans, but we are still to see how much he will back us in the market, and no matter how much we like him, we dont know nearly enough about him…

  • Kash2

    Jan 10, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #18

    How much do we need to know?! He’s the owner, he has money to invest and has just sacked the previous boards manager to bring in a man of his own. Man City did it, and look at where they are, Aston Villa also to an extent in which the previous board and prospective owner (Randy Lerner) agreed on Martin O’Neill.

    Could O’Neill be on the cards? We should have gone for Hitzfeld when we sacked Bobby!

  • Kash2

    Jan 10, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #19

    My point was, that Ashley has made the decision, it rests on his shoulders and i’m sure he’ll be more likely to back his own manager who he appoints with similar thinking to him.

    Jose would be a dream appointment, but is his style of play what we want? I like the look of Everton, what about David Moyes? David Moyes with money to spend?!

  • Luke

    Jan 10, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #20

    8million!? boohoo. it’s not a small amount of money. I agree with Mort who suggested recently that money isn’t the answer: the current squad need to playing better. Is that their fault or allardyce’s? I lean toward the latter.

    Mourinho? I would gush buckets, but it’s unlikely for two reasons:

    a) does he want it?
    b) unless a settlement is made with chelsea, he can’t start til after the current campaign — admittedly that’s not impossible.

    nonetheless the situation’s abhorrent to me. one season would’ve been my minimum. I dislike his tactics as much as the next man, but we have to face reality as a club and supporters.

  • Kash2

    Jan 10, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #21

    Here Here Luke!

  • Dan of the Toon

    Jan 10, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #22

    Why is José Mourinho not getting a bigger mention? Out of all the names floating around he is the only man i feel could cope with the high pressure job and i also think “the special one” that would bringing trophy’s to tyneside! Redknapp, Hughes and the like would just be a move sideway’s from Big Sam, not forwards!

    Mourinho all the way!!!

  • obafemimartins

    Jan 10, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #23

    We really shouldnt be in this position. The results and football havent been good for a while now. We could have got Ramos or Megson if we did this earlier. Now we have lost out on a transfer target. If mort knew this was going to happen why not wait until we sign diarra. Jose for newcastle united.

  • Dragoner

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #24

    I will NOT be happy if we miss out on this due to our seemingly IDIOTIC chairman and owner

  • Ant

    Jan 10, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #25

    You people have to remember Jose. He was a great character, a legend in english football. He won just about anything he tried and got the best out of his players. He handled the pressure at a club more desperate for success than us(based on the money they’d splashed out).

    But remember, although he was exciting his football was not. In his time with Chelsea, although they were winning almost every game and even when he was sacked weren’t doing too badly, it was the style of football that cost him his job. He won most of his games 1-0, 2-1.

    Can he bring success? Yes, no qustion really.

    Will he always be loved by the fans? I don’t think so.

  • scott9

    Jan 10, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #26

    we aint gonna sign anyone now were f*cked were gonna be in a relagation battle mort and ashely are stupid if they dont already have a manager lined up i hope they do.
    still gutted about allardyce it will take me a while to get over that every mananger needs time


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