ClaretandHugh revealed exclusively earlier this week that the player and his club Moscow Lokomoitiv had unresolved financial issues to be solved before the player was free to move on.
And with Fifa still probing the situation it was never likely to be possible for the player to move to Upton Park,
Allardyce came close to confirming all of that in his London Evening Standard column today saying: “The fact we couldn’t get the Lassana Diarra deal across the line was probably more my fault than his.
“I thought it was a simple contract cancellation – but it wasn’t as straightforward as that. Maybe I should have investigated the circumstances more thoroughly before we negotiated for more than three weeks.
“It turned out it wasn’t a mutual contract cancellation between Lassana and his previous club, Lokomotiv Moscow, and didn’t fulfil the Fifa criteria on signing players outside the transfer window.”
Now the player will clearly be a target in the summer for as again revealed by this site he enters the last year of his contract with the Moscow club and can walk away if he chooses under Fifa rules.
However, the Irons boss intimated that he could resurrect a deal for Diarra at the end of the season, when he is expected to be available free of hassle.
Allardyce said: “We may well return to him in the summer. Lassana is a fine player who needs to resurrect his career and re-establish himself as the player he used to be.