Tottenham Hotspur continue Lassana Diarra chase, Iago Falque signed on a loan move from Juventus
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp revealed there was still a chance the London side could sign Lassana Diarra. The Real Madrid midfielder has been linked with a reunion with his former manager at White Hart Lane since the beginning of the summer transfer
window, but the 26-year-old France international recently denied the possibility of a move.
Diarra said while speaking to reporters:
“There is no agreement with Tottenham and I do not think there will be.
I have a contract with Real Madrid until 2013 and Jose Mourinho is my coach.”
However, Redknapp seems convinced he can somehow lure the defensive midfielder away from the La Liga outfit to Tottenham Hotspur. Having previously coached him at Portsmouth, Redknapp was certain he would be able to once again sign him. The Spurs are reportedly
preparing a bid of an estimated £10.6 million for the Frenchman.
According to the English manager, Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy was in talks with Real Madrid over a possible move before the transfer window closed down. The Spurs are looking to find decent midfielders as replacements for Luka Modric, who looks
to be leaving for London rivals Chelsea after refusing to play for Tottenham Hotspur over their past two fixtures.
Redknapp said in an interview:
“Things haven't broken down. There is still a good chance. The chairman is working on it.
I signed him at Portsmouth and they sold him for £22million.
He's real talent, a fantastic player and it's a real possibility still.”
Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of Iago Falque on a season long loan move from Serie A side Juventus. The 21-year-old Spaniard has been brought in to strengthen the midfield, especially after the Spurs lost 3-0 to Premier League champions
Manchester United in a Premier League clash on Monday.
The club confirmed on their official website:
“We are delighted to announce the signing of Iago Falque on a season-long loan from Juventus.”
With injuries to the likes of Steven Pienaar and Sandro, and the likelihood of Modric parting with the club, Falque arrives at a crucial time. The Spain under-21 international’s father and agent revealed the player was looking forward to playing for the
English Premier League outfit and was prepared to fight for his place in the squad.
The player’s agent said:
“Iago loves big challenges and this with Spurs is very important. It will be hard, but he will fight for his place.”