Harry Redknapp is keen to be reunited with former charge Lassana Diarra at the end of the season, according to The Sun.
The Real Madrid midfielder has failed to hold down a regular first-team spot under Jose Mourinho, with the France international starting only 15 of a possible 30 La Liga games for Los Blancos this season.
This trend started in his debut season with the Spanish title-challengers, Diarra started 19 of 38 games in the 2009/2010 campaign, a stat which was repeated in the 2010/2011 season. Diarra has also failed to feature heavily in Madrid’s Champions League fixtures, starting only two of a possible nine games this season.
Redknapp has been tracking Diarra for some time now, and is ready to make a fresh attempt at signing the former Chelsea and Arsenal player, following last summer’s failed attempt at bringing his former employee to White Hart Lane.
Redknapp signed Diarra during his spell with Portsmouth at Fratton Park, but his spell working with the 27 year-old was a brief one, Diarra spent only one season at Pompey before heading to the Bernabeu.
With Diarra’s contract expiring in the summer of 2013, Madrid will be keen to recoup some of the £19 million they paid for Diarra, rather than have him leave on a free next year.
Carlo Ancelotti could provide Redknapp with some stiff competition, the Italian is reportedly keen to bring Diarra to the Parc des Princes as he aims to revolutionise PSG under their heavily backed Qatari regime.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!