Could Lassana Diarra be the missing piece in Tottenham's midfield puzzle?

France's Lassana Diarra after the match

The veteran midfielder would add some much-needed experience to the Spurs squad.

France's Lassana Diarra after the matchFrance's Lassana Diarra after the match

A recent report by the London Evening Standard has claimed that Spurs are among several clubs to be offered the services of Lassana Diarra.

The veteran midfielder is thought to have a clause in his contract with Marseille that allows him to leave without a fee should the club fail to qualify for a continental competition, and nabbing him for free would be an excellent deal for Spurs.

France's Lassana Diarra shakes hands with England's Eric Dier after the matchFrance's Lassana Diarra shakes hands with England's Eric Dier after the match

Mauricio Pochettino places a heavy emphasis on having a young squad, probably to best cope with his demanding system, yet their naiveté was exposed at times last season.

Adding an older head in the heart of midfield to close out games and lead the likes of Eric Dier and Dele Alli through tricky situations could be a masterstroke for Spurs.

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The former Chelsea and Real Madrid midfielder has played at the highest level – making 299 club appearances and earning 31 caps for France – and his form in Ligue 1 last season proved he still has a lot to offer.

Spurs signed Victor Wanyama to provide cover and competition for Dier but doubts remain over who will provided quality cover for Mousa Dembele next season.

The likes of Ryan Mason and Tom Carroll no longer appear up to the required standard and Diarra could prove a shrewd, if a slightly left-field, addition to the Lilywhites’ squad.

France's Lassana Diarra during trainingFrance's Lassana Diarra during training

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