Villas-Boas wants Real Madrid’s Diarra at Tottenham

New Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas wants to bring former Chelsea, Arsenal and Portsmouth and current Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra to White Hart Lane, the Daily Mail has reported.

The Mail adds that Diarra, who joined Madrid in 2009 from Pompey, has been told he is free to leave the club this summer after three-and-a-half years in Spain. Diarra moved to the Santiago Bernabeu in January 2009 in a £20m transfer from Fratton Park.

With only a year remaining on his contract the Frenchman could be available for as little as £4m as the newspaper claims Madrid are keen to offload some of their squad players to finance their own forays into the summer transfer market. The club and player had discussed a new contract but talks broke down when Diarra reportedly requested a large pay increase as part of any new deal.

Villas-Boas will face stiff competition for Diarra from the Premier League and abroad, with the Mail claiming Spartak Moscow, Fenerbahce, Everton and Queens Park Rangers are all also watching Diarra’s situation closely.

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