Newcastle United in swoop for former Chelsea and Arsenal star Lassana Diarra - Report

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Newcaslte linked with Lassana Diarra, a target for Celtic.

Newcastle United have been linked with a move to sign free agent midfielder Lassana Diarra.

Diarra, 29, is available after being released by Lokomotiv Moscow after the transfer window closed.

He has been locked in negotiations with Celtic over the last few days, but The Mirror report Newcastle are looking at hijacking the deal with the player in the UK.

Diarra has Premier League experience with Chelsea, Arsenal and Portsmouth, who sold him to Real Madrid for almost £19 million.

He actually played against Newcastle not so long ago too, pictured above tackling Jonas Gutierrez in the Europa League when playing for Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.

While he may be short of match fitness, Diarra would be a clever signing on a free transfer, and it is unlikely he will remain available for much longer.

The same report continues to link Cheik Tiote away, with Napoli interest cited, and Diarra would prove insurance.

Th sticking point will of course be the wages, with Diarra previously earning well in Russia, but at present without a club he does not hold a strong hand. Newcastle won't overpay, and there is a chance they may just be being used as a pawn in the Celtic negotiations, but this could be one to watch over the coming days.

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