Interest from White Hart Lane, Goodison Park, Anfield and Villa Park grows in hunt for Bernabeu bench warmer.
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Lassana Diarra is being tracked by four Premier League clubs after falling out of favour at Real Madrid this season.
Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira have been manager Jose Mourinho’s first-choice midfield partnership since the summer and Diarra has started only three of Madrid’s 12 games so far under the Portuguese.
The France international has already proven he can be a hit in the Premier League following spells at Chelsea, Arsenal and Portsmouth before his £20m move to Madrid in January 2009.
But after being frozen out at the Bernabeu, Aston Villa, Everton, Tottenham and Liverpool are now all interested in bringing Diarra back to England, according to reports in Spain.
The Frenchman is currently considered a useful squad player at Madrid, but he will fall further down the pecking order when Argentine star Gago returns from a series of knee injuries later this month.
However, it is thought Madrid president Florentino Perez wants to recoup at least half of the £20m fee he shelled out for the tenacious midfielder less than two years ago. (TalkSPORT)
It does look like Lassana Diarra has little in the way of a future at the Bernabeu and a move to the Premier League would appear the most likely destination for the French international given his previous successes in the English top tier. But who of this four is most likely to seal the deal?
Tottenham would appear to lead the chase given the fact that Diarra’s former Pompey boss Harry Redknapp is at the White Hart Lane helm and has also made noises about needing more central midfield options. The north London should have the cash to land the pint sized battler.
Liverpool would like to get their hands on some more talent for their midfield but a lot could depend on where Roy Hodgson has guided the club by January, when it is likely Real Madrid will look to cash in on the former Arsenal and Chelsea man.
A move to both Everton and Aston Villa would appear less likely but are not out of the question as both clubs could at least guarantee the 25 year old regular first team football, which is something he is clearly going to be looking for after this protracted period on the bench.