Charlton Athletic boss confirms French international Alou Diarra is on trial at club

Guy Luzon says the West Ham United flop could earn a contract at The Valley.

Charlton Athletic boss Guy Luzon pulled off a decent signing this afternoon, with former Manchester United, Burnley and Bolton Wanderers midfielder Chris Eagles joining the club on a free transfer until the end of the season, after his release from his role at Blackpool.

His signing may not be the only big name free agent to join the club this week, as they also have former West Ham and Liverpool midfielder Alou Diarra on trial.

Luzon confirmed the news earlier today that Diarra was training with the club, with a view to a permanent deal. As quoted by the The News Shopper as stating:

“Alou Diarra is training with us. It is a possibility he might sign.

“He is a good player. We will take the decision in two or three days.”

Diarra is a player with bags of experience across the continent but his time in English football has always been a struggle.

He was at Liverpool from 2002 until 2005 but never played a game for the club. He came back to England with West Ham in 2012 but was never a regular under Sam Allardyce and when he left the club he claimed in an interview with L'Equipe that he 'wasted' two years of his life at Upton Park.

He left on a free transfer last summer but has so far struggled to find a new team. A trial period at Brighton looked promising, until former Liverpool team-mate Sami Hyppia was sacked as manager. He also had a trial at MLS side Chicago Fire, but that never materialised into a contract offer.

Regardless of his recent problems the West Ham flop was a big hit in France with Bordeaux and Marseille and also has 44 caps to his name for Les Bleus.

So if he proves himself fit, he sounds like a great signing for The Addicks.

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