Diarra is well known to Hammer’s head of medicine Stijn Vandenbroucke, whom he previously worked with at Anzhi Makhachkala. The 29-year-old French man previously played for Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid is a free agent.
Allardyce told a press confrence “I’m not so sure we’ve finalised a deal yet, but he has been doing a little bit of training with us and a deal is very close. On the basis where we are at the minute with our squad picking up a few injuries, as soon as we get him fit he would be a very good addition based on his previous record. He won’t be in the right state in terms of being fit for the Southampton game, or for Saturday’s game against West Brom, but I certainly hope with a good few days training with the lads, he’ll be close within seven or 10 days if he finally signs the contract.”