Newcastle Target Lassana Signs For Portsmouth

Portsmouth have won the race to sign Arsenal midfielder Lassana Diarra, according to Sky Sports today.


Lassana Diarra – reportedly has signed for Portsmouth

Both Tottenham and Newcastle United were also interested in signing the player, and just before Sam’s sacking Newcastle were said to have agreed a fee with Arsenal for him. So we expect Lassana’s huge wage demands were not accurate, but he’s at least one player we have missed out on this month, because of not having a manager at the club.

According to, the 22-year-old French international has agreed terms and passed a medical at Fratton Park today, after a fee in the region of £5M was agreed with the London side.

Diarra had been in talks with Harry Redknapp, whose Portsmouth team has been hit hard by key players leaving for the African Cup of Nations in Ghana. Diarra had been unhappy at Arsenal where he had few first team opportunities, after signing for Arsenal in the summer from Chelsea for £2M. Not bad business by Arsenal for an unsettled player is it?

We really hope Newcastle appoint a manager quickly, so there are still some class players available in the January transfer window. Diarra would have been a good signing for the club.

If Newcastle are not going to appoint a manager until this weekend that will leave only a short 10 days before the window closes.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

35 comments so far

  • Grambo

    Jan 16, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #1

    gutted, another target missed, cause of the managerial situaton

  • James

    Jan 16, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #2

    Harry used Newcastle to get a pay rise at Portsmouth and the transfer target he wanted. He also made a cool £2 million on the betting last week (allegendly).

  • sparetheman

    Jan 16, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #3


  • thelongshanks

    Jan 16, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #4

    good business for arsenal. 3.5m profit.

  • stantos

    Jan 16, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Guys this guy wanted 90k a week, i think we ve had our fair share of money grabbing tarts aint we. I m sure there’s better out there anyway !!!!

  • James

    Jan 16, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #6

    Stantos – He signed for Portsmouth at £35K a week.

  • sparetheman

    Jan 16, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #7

    People will believe anything they read. Puts to bed that 90k a week story you all flamed him for.

  • Edd Case

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #8

    I dont think we’ve missed out on much.

    When we get our new manager in place, that’ll be the time to judge transfers that we get in or miss.

    I think it’s reasonable to say that we might not have even been that interested in this player. And it’s also fair to say that our new manager may not have wanted him at the club.

    Though, it one way, I’m a little annoyed as he is surely better than the likes of Butt, Smith and Geremi…

    Still, two weeks until the transfer market closes.


    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #9

    I thought he’s a good lad and might help us…but as I see he never commited to toon so I’m glad and happy he didn’t sign for us. Go to fool redknapp and look what you’ve got there…wanker!

  • Bill f

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #10

    Don’t worry too much about missing out on him lads. Good players are a bit like buses, you miss one then suddenly another six turn up. Better for the new man (or woman, have to be PC now) to pick who he (or she) wants.

    Hope Powell hasn’t turned the job down yet.

  • Rich

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #11

    whooptie ding, accoridng to the press we could of signed him but arent going to spend £90k per week on someone whos hardly played a game in the Prem.

    let Pompey pay the £4.5 million per annum BASIC wage bill for the money hungry philistine.

  • James

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #12

    His Agent told Mort he wanted £90K a week. Mort told him to piss off.

    A week later Harry signs him at £35K a week.

  • stantos

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #13

    hi James, I know that but it was reported he wanted 90k to sign for us. I m glad we told him to shove it greedy ****

  • ToonKing

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #14

    I never wanted Diarra and i’m glad he didn’t come. I don’t know why u guys are rating him that highly, every time i have seen him he was the worst player on the pitch plus he is a primadonna. Let Harry deal with him, were better off.

  • ToonKing

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #15

    by the way what’s up with Barton ??? was he in court yesterday or today???? can he come back to brake some legs or he is heading towards the electric chair??

  • James

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #16

    Shepherd would’ve just signed him at £90K a week with bonus fees.

    Glad Mort told him to get lost.

  • James

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #17

    ToonKing – Barton is in court as we speak. A verdict is expected this afternoon. GUILTY YOUR HONOUR!

  • ToonKing

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #18

    ps : another one bites the dust !!

    Reports in Italy claim new England coach Fabio Capello is under investigation for tax fraud.

    According to a legal source in Italy the 61-year-old is under investigation by prosecutors in the northern city of Turin.

    The experienced Italian tactician has only recently been appointed England boss following Steve McClaren’s sacking last year.

    Capello was in England on Tuesday to cast his eye over Reading’s FA Cup replay with Spurs ahead of next month’s friendly with Switzerland.


  • Drago

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #19

    target ? what fooking target ? we dont even have a manager, so about what targets you speak ?

  • Ausgeordie

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #20

    One order of Lasagna for ole harry huh? Cant blame him. I certainly wouldn’t sign for a managerless club. What happens if the new guy comes in and doesn’t rate him as a player? We need a whole new 12.

  • paul p

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #21

    everyone. can we keep an eye on the foul and abusive language we are using on the site. We may have children looking at our views so please be aware. I no we are all passionate about our club, but lets keep it clean.

  • dragoner

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #22


  • matt

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #23

    hi i was reading sum1’s comment on another link the other day for one of the articles u wrote ed… i thought he was a bit cynical in it stating maybe its a ploy by ashley with the timing of the sacking of bfs but its starting to raise a few questions with me. mainly i wonder if ashley is relaxed this season and no matter where we finish up he will blame it on the fact that the manager in charge at the start was not his choice and also since its his first season in command of the club and with mort at the helm “they are still learning the trade”. but to the main point if he appoints a new manager ater the jan deadline (no real signings made or money spent) maybe ashley really is riding out on his “balls of steel”

  • Davey G

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #24

    Some of us untrusting types may be beginning to think that our board are taking as long as possible to get a Manager because of the ticking transfer window…………………..

    Not alot spent in transfer window means a biggr profit come end of financial year……

    That would leave us very attractive to a middle east consortium i am thinking!!!!!!!

    But then again, I do get slightly paranoid from time to time………….

    Your not recording this are you????????

  • Domininufc

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #25

    Barton appeared in court this morning and did not enter a plea, he has been given bail and will reappear on March 12th 2008

  • ShiNg

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #26

    read a news that Arsenal And Tottenham pursue our target Arshavin. We are nearly miss out all of our mainly targets including Diarra and Arshavin…….

    What a good decision to sack the the manager in the transfer windows period. damn it…..

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #27

    Glad we didnt get diarra, we can do much better for 5.5 mil.

  • ToonKing

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #28
  • mark

    Jan 16, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #29

    Paul P – shut up you tw@t!!!


    Diarra will not be anything special, Chelsea reject, Arsenal signed him as he is French…Portsmouth signed him, come on man, if he was decent, surely one of the big, or bigger, teams than Pompey would have wanted him, besides we dont need him, JOEY JOEY BARTON!

  • paul p

    Jan 16, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #30

    hahaha mark 🙂

    diarra, he’s not the player we are crying out for, someone like diego is what we need and also someone like quaresma to start with, couple of defenders and someone to put the ball in the net on a regular basis is also what we need, am sure whoever is appointed as new manager will no this already. so let us just sit back and watch. i think a key factor is tonights game, whether there will be anything to play for. even though we will be out in the next round, unless there’s a miriacle!! haha!!

  • paul p

    Jan 16, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #31

    has anyone read that article about the dream ticket by our friend anus oliver… what a load of cobblers he comes out with to put it nicely. he says no appointment will be made before saturday.

  • Leo*

    Jan 16, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #32

    dib dib dib as parsons would say, thank god we didnt sign him on the reported 90k contract, who would we sign who is better?

    also everyone in italy does tax fraud its common practice haha

  • Southern_Magpie

    Jan 16, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #33

    ShiNg- If Sam had stayed we would have ended up with just a few more hoofing donkeys than we have now. And then after he’s sacked later on, the new manager will be left with an uncreative, one-dimensional squad. The squad we have now is in need of a clear out, but there is still plenty of talent. And besides, we should be safe, although I’m doubting that by the game, to get us to the summer where there’s more time to find the best players, instead of panick buying, like Sam would have done with Diarra.

  • Obafan

    Jan 16, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #34

    Southern Magpie – I completely agreewoth you. If SA was still manager we would have had Nolan in our team. Tho’ he scored a cracker last Sunday, he is just an average player. On the other hand Arshavin is a player who I would love to see in black and white…

  • matt

    Jan 16, 2008 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #35

    well my concerns are gone about not appointing a new manager until after jan….king kev! 😀 bring on the entertainers


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