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Diarra deal – what went wrong!

lassana-diarra-real-madridWest Ham’s failure to sign Lassana Diarra is understood to have been as a result of opposing claims by Lokomotiv Moscow and the player that each owed the other money.

The row between the two sides has been rumbling on for months and there can be no conclusion until Fifa has ruled on the issue.

Both Inter Milan and Celtic’s negotiations are believed to have faltered on the same problem and it was always highly unlikely that the Irons could succeed where they had failed.

Diarra has been in dispute with Lokomotiv for months but with no progress made over the issue it was always an unlikely deal for the club.

ClaretandHugh was told: Neither Inter or Celtic could make the deal happen so it’s hardly surprising it’s broken down. There’s a Fifa rule that a player can walk away in the last season of his contract but in Lass’ case that is from this summer.”

Sam Allardyce remains upset however that he couldn’t make the deal happen declaring: ““I have to say we have waited and we have negotiated for weeks to get the right deal and now we’ve got it, we find we can’t get the right paperwork and the right clearance, so we have wasted his time and our time.

“On the basis of the situation we’re in right now, he would have been a very crucial player for us between now and the end of the season.”


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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

One comment on “Diarra deal – what went wrong!

  1. Why have FIFA not dealt with this matter, dealt with Sakho soon enough, it’s been going on since August last year for gods sake, they can’t stop a man earning his living for a year just cos they can’t be bothered to look into his case. Or is it that it’s Russia they are dealing with , another Blatter vote in the offing ?
    FIFA stink, let the man play . I would go to the European Court of Human Rights as he is French and sue Lokomotiv Moscow and FIFA for restraint of trade.

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