Surprising news this morning that Newcastle are being being linked with a move for Real Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra.
Mahamadou Diarra – are Newcastle really interested
But right up front we think this is a little hard to believe, with the player already being 29 years old – and add to that it’s a Sunday – and you would expect some stories on Newcastle being linked with somebody.
The report arises from rumors in Spain.
Real Madrid new manager manager Jose Mourinho will have already decided those players at the famous club who he doesn’t want, and perhaps the 57 times capped Mali player is one of those – that could certainly be true.
Reports suggest the former Chelsea boss is keen to let the Mali-born player leave – he’s been at Madrid since 2006 and has played 113 times with 3 goals for the Madrid powerhouse.
Diarra was signed from Lyon for £20M four years ago, and the midfielder is a good defensive midfielder with lots of experience, but he goes against the trend of Chris Hughton in the transfer market, who wants to bring in younger players.
The other thing that seems problematic with this story is Diarra’s wages, and they could be too high for the Magpies, who will no longer pay ridiculous wages to older players.
We have a hard job believing this story has much truth in it.
Written from Plymouth, England.