Report: West Ham resurrect interest in free agent Lassana Diarra, player wants move

Lassana Diarra

West Ham have reportedly resurrected their interest in midfielder Lassana Diarra.

According to the Daily Mail, West Ham have rekindled their interest in midfielder Lassana Diarra - and the player wants a move to Upton Park.

Diarra, 30, is known for having played for the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Portsmouth in the Premier League, as well as Spanish giants Real Madrid during a successful career.

Yet for the last year, Diarra has been sat on the sidelines having been left mired in a contractual battle with Lokomotiv Moscow, with the Frenchman claiming that he is a free agent and Lokomotiv saying they still own his contract.

FIFA have now stepped in and have allowed Diarra to become a free agent this summer, which could be music to the ears of West Ham, after former boss Sam Allardyce admitted to BBC Sport in February that their move for Diarra had been blocked.

The Daily Mail report that West Ham are indeed rekindling their interest in the holding midfielder, and the player is keen to make the move to Upton Park having spent time training with the club earlier in 2015.

What can Diarra bring to West Ham?

Having seen Alex Song return to Barcelona upon the expiration of his loan deal at Upton Park, the Hammers could try to bring in another veteran midfielder with Premier League experience.

Diarra may not be quite as physically impressive as his former Arsenal team-mate Song, but he possesses great passing ability and relentless work rate - aspects that could be appealing to new manager Slaven Bilic.

Factor in that Diarra would be available on a free transfer, and this potential deal for Diarra begins to make a ton of sense for West Ham, who have already been busy in the transfer market this summer.

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