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City In Surprise £6m Swoop for Ex-Kopite

Manchester City have scouted Bordeaux’s Alou Diarra, and could sign him before the end of the January transfer window, according to the French club’s president, Jean-Louis Triaud.

Although Roberto Mancini has yet to make a formal approach for the France midfielder, the 29-year-old has been linked with a move to many top European sides following several impressive seasons in Ligue 1.

Triaud admitted that “we have not had any approach from them till now… But this does not mean they are not close to the player”.

This does seem to smack of wishful thinking on Triaud’s part; at 29-years-old and valued at £6m, Diarra is hardly the type of grandiose star that City are linked with these days. Never mind the fact that the last thing needed at Eastlands is another defensive midfielder.

Nevertheless, Diarra’s club bosses appear convinced he will soon be on his way, and that City is his most likely destination.

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