Report: Ex-Chelsea and Arsenal star 'agrees six-month deal' with Celtic

Lassana Diarra

According to reports in France, Celtic have agreed to sign Lassana Diarra.

There was surprise in the summer when Celtic chose the previously unheard of Ronny Deila as the club's new manager, replacing Neil Lennon in Glasgow.

The Norwegian got off to a rough start, but has now led his team to four successive wins, and Celtic appear to be finding their groove under the new boss.

Striker John Guidetti has now bagged nine goals in nine games since joining the club from Manchester City on loan, and much of the talk over the past week has been over whether they can keep the Swede at Celtic Park.

Yet another emerging story has been concerning the club's ambitious pursuit of former French international midfielder Lassana Diarra.

The 29-year-old made his name in England with Chelsea, Arsenal and then Portsmouth, where he played his best football before he signed for Real Madrid in a whopping £19m move.

The holding midfielder then moved on to Russia with Anzhi Makhachkala and Lokomotiv Moscow, but left in the summer on a free transfer, with a move to QPR heavily speculated.

That didn't materialise as his former Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp moved for Tottenham's Sandro instead, and recent reports have linked Spurs and Newcastle with a move to snap up Diarra on a free transfer.

However, Celtic have also been in the running to land the free agent, who has made 28 appearances for France - and reports tonight suggest that they have got their man.

France Football are reporting that Diarra will sign a six-month deal with the Scottish giants, with the option of extending that contract in the summer.

It's a huge coup for Celtic if the reports are true, with Diarra still an effective defensive midfielder - and another player to help Celtic return to the summit of Scottish football after a slow start to the campaign.

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