Could this former Arsenal midfielder help Wenger land combative Premier League star?

Cheick Tiote

Newcastle United have been linked with a move for Lassana Diarra - which raises questions about the future of Cheick Tiote.

Newcastle United may have endured a tough start to the season, but Alan Pardew's men have now won four games in a row in all competitions, seeing off Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool in their last three outings.

However, that upturn in form doesn't appear to be enough to stop Pardew looking to the transfer market for reinforcements.

According to reports today, Newcastle are looking to hijack Celtic's bid to sign former French international midfielder Lassana Diarra.

Diarra, 29, made his name in England with Chelsea, Arsenal and then Portsmouth, but made a huge £19m move to Real Madrid in 2008, making almost 100 league appearances for the Spanish giants before joining the Anzhi Makhachkala revolution in 2012.

With the money dwindling at Anzhi, Diarra stayed in Russia with Lokomotiv Moscow before becoming a free agent in the summer, as a move to QPR looked likely under his former manager Harry Redknapp.

Yet Redknapp instead pursued Tottenham's Sandro, leaving Diarra without a club as the window slammed shut - leading to speculation of a move to either Spurs or now Newcastle.

Should Diarra make the move to St. James' Park, it would certainly raise more question marks over the future of Magpies midfielder Cheick Tiote.

The combative Ivorian, 28, announced that he wanted to leave Tyneside earlier this season, claiming that Arsenal wanted to sign him.

Now, Diarra's potential arrival at Newcastle could pave the way for Tiote to make the move to North London in January, with Arsene Wenger desperately needing an aggressive defensive midfielder to protect his threadbare defence.

Inadvertently, the Gunners could end up landing one of their top targets as a result of one of their former players moving - which may end up being the best for all parties.

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