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 skysports.com, the 22-year-old French international has agreed terms and passed a medical at Fratton Park today, after a fee in the region of Â£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 Â£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?