Everton are reported to be after a former Newcastle United target.
Alou Diarra – are Newcastle still interested?
Everton manager David Moyes is making a move for Â£8M-rated French international midfield star Alou Diarra – to bring him back to Merseyside.
Moyes has been assured he has decent money in the transfer market and has put Bordeaux’s highly-rated Diarra at the top of his list.
Diarra, 26, was with Liverpool as a teenager but never played in the first team, and before he left Everton tried to sign him, but were not successful.
There were continual reports last summer that Newcastle and Sam Allardyce were interested in the 26 year-old, but nothing from Kevin Keegan on whether the club would still be interested.
However, we are after another defensive midfielder as both cover and competition for Nicky Butt.
Finally a few facts on Diarra:
He was at Liverpool for three years from 2002-2005 but never made one senior appearance for the club.
He was on loan for much of the time, and went out on loan first to Le Havre where he made 25 appearances with no goals, then to SC Bastia where he made 35 appearances and 4 goals and finally signed for RC Lens where he made 66 appearances with 4 goals.
Diarra, who is 6’3″ tall, moved to Olympique Lyonnais in 2006 from Lens, and then one year later moved to Bordeaux at a fee of around Â£6M.
Alou has played for Lyon 14 times (1 goal) from 2006-2007 and has played 34 times (4 goals) for Bordeaux since last summer.
He will turn 27 in July and has so far represented France 12 times.