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Diarra in Redknapp's thoughts

Despite openly admitting a striker or strikers are his main objective a midfield player of Alou Diarra's quality remains very much in Harry Redknapp's thoughts. He has once again confirmed an interest in The News but remains unsure if Pompey could actually sign him.

'Alou Diarra's a good player.

'I don't know if you would be able to get him out of Lyon, but I like him.

'I'm looking to get a couple of front men and a midfielder.

'Forwards are the priority, because you've got to get it right up front. But they're so hard to find.

'I'll go for a midfield player too if I can get the right one. There's nothing imminent on Diarra, though.'

The 25-year old French international - who played a part in the French world cup side that finished runners up last summer - is looking increasingly like leaving French champions Lyon, but can Redknapp persuade him to join Pompey? There is a simple answer to this - have a go and see what happens!

If we can sign him he will be a very welcome addition - despite a heavily populated midfield as it is - as he would not only be an improvement to the squad, but also an improvement to the starting line up.

There would however be consequences and such an arrival would be likely to cast doubts over current members of our midfield - with Sean Davis and Richard Hughes most likely to be the casualties.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday June 12 2007

Time: 5:07PM

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We do seem to be a little middle heavy and if Diarra was to arrive then questions would be asked of Davis and Hughes. Given the sums being mentioned here, it's a little worrying that bringing in Diarra may mean that we have less cash to spend on a couple of strikers.
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12/06/2007 18:22:00

Arsenal had Viera & Petite so why can't we have Diarra?
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12/06/2007 18:27:00

strikers strikers strikers!!!!! that what we need now! your right storagematt, no reason why not, but please, after we have sorted out are front line!
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12/06/2007 18:38:00

Arsenal also had Premiership titles at the time.
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12/06/2007 18:53:00

Diarra is a great prospect, but who sits out? i dont think hughes or davis are of sufficient standard for a push to Europe and they should be allowed to leave if they wished. As bluedr says what about strikers funds, for the money available harry is already complaining about being unable to compete.
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12/06/2007 23:08:00

diarra will only come if he is an improvement on our starting line up - which you would think he is? strikers are what we need and we will get them - eventually... all good things come to those that wait, so they should be bleedin' amazing!
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12/06/2007 23:33:00

If Diarra was interested in Pompey, the club would be foolish to not attempt to sign him, him being a class player. Thing is, it's easier to sign midfielders - Bent to West Ham for 18 million? Jeez, can you EVER think of PFC spending that kind of money? I can't. And Nugent to Sunderland for 6 million? Strikers COST and as soon as Pompey realise this, we may get one. The other route is to take a chance on a lower league player. Next season, we may not score but we'll not lose many!
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13/06/2007 07:25:00

yep, a lower league striker will be hungry to play and hungry for goals - this would not be a bad option at all, so i would be more than happy to see 'arry take this route but obviously with with another proven, more expensive option arriving too... i hear eastwood is available for as little as 1m? what is 1m, even 2m even to pompey...
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13/06/2007 09:28:00

Im beggining to believe the only strikers we can afford are french lorry drivers
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13/06/2007 19:21:00

Come on lads,Diarra is a class act, compare him to Sean Davis and Richard Hughes, are they really the finished araticle that we need to push on with. Muntari, Krancjar,O'Neill, Pedro,Matty and Diarra give us better options.If we can get cash for Sean Davis take it, and Hughesy is a model pro, but is he a goalscoring premiership midfielder, i think not. Danny Murphy is another bargain buy who could do a job for us and i dare say Harry has other alternatives up his sleeve, maybe Papa Diop, Smertin or Faye. He has not let us down in the transfer market , so lets trust him again. PS Who is coming to the Far East, who needs Europe !!!
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13/06/2007 21:35:00

you do not need to be a goalscoring midfielder to be good tho do you Owenspompey, but i know what you mean... hughes will be happier being a bit part player, so i would happily keep him, davis would not so he would probably go... murphy - improvement on what we have? i would not think so, so a wasted transfer i would say same as diop, smertin and faye - smertin is my favourite out of the lot tho... strikers are what we need, not midfield - apart from diarra :)
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13/06/2007 23:12:00

and the far east Owenspompey - sadly i will not be there, altho i would have done my very best to have been wherever the intertoto would have taken us...
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13/06/2007 23:14:00


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