Tottenham 'in advanced discussions' to sign ex-Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder - report

According to reports in France, Tottenham are in talks to sign midfielder Lassana Diarra.

Since winning their first two games of the season, Tottenham's season has become increasingly inconsistent. An impressive 1-0 win over Southampton has been cancelled out by shock home defeats to West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United.

The pressure isn't quite building on manager Mauricio Pochettino just yet, but the Argentine could certainly do with a few good results to ease doubts that he isn't the right man to take the club forward.

Sunday's 2-1 loss to Newcastle started well with an opening goal from Emmanuel Adebayor, but the Magpies took over in midfield in the second half as Jack Colback and Moussa Sissoko began to dominate.

Etienne Capoue came in for plenty of criticism after the game, and it seems that Pochettino could be set to bring one of his compatriots to the club in Lassana Diarra.

The 29-year-old is a free agent after leaving Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow this summer, and after seeing a deadline day move to QPR collapse, L'Equipe report that Diarra is now in 'advanced negotiations' to make the switch to White Hart Lane.

After joining Chelsea as a 20-year-old from Le Havre in 2005, Diarra ended up joining Arsenal for an undisclosed fee just two years later, and his nomadic start to life in England continued with a £5.5m switch to Portsmouth - just five months after signing for Arsenal.

It was at Fratton Park where Diarra played his best football, earning a £20m move to Real Madrid in 2009, but he's spent the last two years in Russia with Anzhi Makhachkala and Lokomotiv Moscow.

An experienced head who can protect the back four, Diarra would be a wise signing for Pochettino, who could yet see Paulinho head back to Brazil with former club Corinthians if reports are to be believed.

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