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Tottenham Hold Talks With Real Madrid Over Lassana Diarra

Tottenham hold talks with Real Madrid over Lassana DiarraTottenham Hotspur have held talks with Real Madrid over the possibility of signing the long-term target Lassana Diarra, although the midfielder's wage demands have made the prospect of a deal unlikely.

Harry Redknapp, the Tottenham manager, signed Diarra for £5.5m in January 2008, when he was in charge at Portsmouth, and he has previously attempted to bring him to White Hart Lane.

Redknapp might appear well stocked in central midfield, where he has Luka Modric, Tom Huddlestone, Sandro, Jermaine Jenas and Wilson Palacios. Tottenham are adamant that Modric will not be allowed to join Chelsea, who have offered as much as £27m for him so far this summer, although they will listen to offers for Jenas and Palacios.

Redknapp, though, is always on the lookout for players he thinks can improve his squad and he would like to take Diarra, who is surplus to requirements at Real.

He has had an interest in the West Ham United midfielder Scott Parker but Tottenham say there will be no deal for him, partly because of his wages. Diarra earns much more than Parker at Real, taking home £120,000 a week, which is far in excess of Tottenham's wage ceiling.

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by David Hytner, for guardian.co.uk on Monday 8th August 2011 23.00 Europe/London

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