This former Arsenal and Chelsea man has been heavily linked with a move to White Hart Lane, but it won’t come cheap!
Portsmouth executive chairman Peter Storrie has categorically refuted reports that there is an £10m exit clause in Lassana Diarra contract and stressed that any club coming in for the talented midfielder will have to offer ‘awful lot of money.’
The France international has been surrounded by speculation regarding his long-term future ever since he began his Pompey stint in an impressive manner after joining from Arsenal in search of first-team action in January.
The former Chelsea player is linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur, who in the summer were keen on signing Diarra but then Pompey boss Harry Redknapp had reportedly turned down a big-money move, and as such rumours have been rife.
Recently Pompey had dismissed reports that Spurs manager Redknapp had been given the first-refusal on players like Diarra and Jermain Defoe. And now Storrie has said there is no clause in Diarra’s contract.
“There is no clause in his contract whatsoever – it is absolute rubbish,” said Storrie in The News.
“Let’s get this straight, we are not looking to sell Diarra. Also, if someone came in and wanted him they would have to pay an awful lot of money, credit crunch or no credit crunch. (Premiershiplatest.com)
So there you have it, Mr Storrie doesn’t want to sell, but at the same time says it would take an awful lot of money to sign Diarra! Even if it was double the non-existent £10m release clause, then if I were Harry, I would make the bid as soon as the transfer window opens.
The Portsmouth chairman will have a tough task keeping all of his stars, given the reported financial crisis at the club, and I would be mighty surprised if Lassana was still a Pompey man come the beginning of next season. Both Man United and super-rich Man City are also said to be very keen on the sublimely-talented young Frenchman. Of all the players linked with a move to White Hart Lane, who would Tottenham fans like to see their new boss capture most?