Apparently Mark Hughes and Harry Redknapp will go head-to-head for this hugely talented midfielder. The question is, can Daniel Levy outbid Manchester City’s new owners?
Manchester City could give Tottenham Hotspur stiff competition in potential pursuit of Portsmouth midfielder Lassana Diarra in the January transfer window.
With Pompey’s financial troubles well known, it is likely that the South Coast club will be forced to sell to reduce their wage bill, and France international Diarra has emerged as the hot property following his impressive performances at Fratton Park after January move from Arsenal.
Diarra’s price could shoot up with City now the richest club in the world and Redknapp when he was with Pompey, had turned down a £15m bid claiming that the former Chelsea player was worth more.
“I turned down a £15m bid for Diarra on transfer deadline day. I’m not saying from whom – he might want to go there. But he is worth more than that,” Redknapp had said last month. (Premiershiplatest.com)
Obviously Diarra will have some mixed loyalties about a potential move. Portsmouth helped resurrect a career which was ailing at the Emirates, so he has a certain amount to thank the club for. However, it was of course Harry Redknapp who made the purchase, so clearly he is a big fan of Lassana. The allure of a move to Eastlands could be tempting also, given the array of new talent being purchased by Manchester City in recent months.
Do Tottenham fans think the club should bid big for the £19m French international?