Newcastle were linked with Le Mans winger Stephane Diarra close to a month ago. The reports from France claimed that Newcastle had been to watch the prodigy who just turned 21 last week.
Diarra joined the Ligue 2 club this past summer for a fee of around £440k. He’s known for his pace and has a reputation for dribbling like our Frenchman Allan Saint-Maximin.
This season Diarra has made 20 appearances with 3 goals and 2 assists. He has dual French and Ivorian citizenship but has yet to feature for either nation.
Newcastle are not the only club interested according to the reports. Both Leicester City and Celtic have reportedly also scouted Diarra.
Stephane Diarra– attracting attention on and off the pitch
The Chronicle have published some comments that Diarra made recently about the interest in him.
“It’s good to know that several clubs follow you, but leaving Le Mans this winter? I don’t know.
“I need to stay focused on my season. I’ll watch what is going on and we will see. I have to progress in a lot of areas but especially on efficiency – that’s the biggest point for me.
“I have to do more and work on my final ball. Things are good today but not good enough.”
Diarra has just joined Le Mans so it’s understandable that he would be hesitant to leave after just six months. It’s also a massive jump from Ligue 1 to the Premier League.
Interestingly, he mentions having to work on his final ball. He could fit in very well at Newcastle where some of our wingers have struggled with their deliveries.
Though, like our lads, he seems determined to improve which is always a positive sign.
Late last month when the reports first surfaced, Le Mans president Thierry Gomez spoke about the interest in his star winger. This is what he had to say at the time:
“For now, we haven’t received any offer. Stephane also knows where he comes from. If anything were to happen, it would be with our support.
“The subject isn’t relevant now. We’re entering a month that can bring up a lot of hope but also a lot of danger, so let’s stay focused on the next games, including the one against Caen on Friday night.”
We think Diarra would be a decent target maybe in a couple of years or at the earliest this summer. He’s likely not someone the club would bring in next month, at least not for the first-team.
Though he looks like an exciting prospect whose pace and flair could serve him well if he does move to the Premier League in the future.