Spurs are reportedly chasing Real Madrid star Mahamadou Diarra.

The Mali midfielder has returned to Spain injured after his country were knocked out of the African Cup of Nations, and Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp is reportedly preparing a bid for the defensive central midfielder.

Diarra moved to Madrid for €26 million in 2006, making the swith from Lyon after four years with the Ligue 1 side.

The 28-year-old has been in-and-out of the Madrid side over the previous years, missing a large chunk of the 2008-09 season through injury and losing his starting place to Lassana Diarra during the current campaign.

The Spanish giants are thought to be looking to offload some of their side, with Fernando Gago another midfielder linked with a move to the Premier League.

It is Mahamadou Diarra who interests Spurs however, with Redknapp interested in adding the midfield powerhouse alongside his finesse players at White Hart Lane.

A bid in the region of £8 million would be needed to prize the experienced international away from the Galacticos, although Redknapp will need assurances on the player's fitness with another injury set to leave Diarra on the sidelines once again.

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