Spurs join United in race for former Chelsea midfielder

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Spurs have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra.

The 25-year-old Frenchman is thought to be surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu after the club's Managing Director hinted at player exits before the close of the transfer window, and Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has sensed an opportunity to bring the international to north London.

Diarra began his career at Le Havre before a move to Chelsea in 2005. After limited opportunities during two years with the Blues, Diarra moved to Arsenal for an undisclosed fee. He would again find chances at a premium, and moved on to Portsmouth after just one season at the Emirates.

The defensive midfielder re-built his reputation during a stint at Fratton Park, leading to Madrid paying in the region of £20 million for his services in January '09.

Chances have once again become limited for Diarra as Madrid continue to spend big in their quest for La Liga glory. Speaking in July, Diarra reaffirmed his commitment to the Spanish side amidst reports that United were keen on bringing the player to Old Trafford.

However, the latest developments appear to have put Diarra in the shop window. The Daily Mail reports that Spurs are keen on a season-long loan move for the player in a bid to bolster the squad for Premier and Champions League activity.

Redknapp has had limited luck in the transfer window thus far, missing out on Joe Cole and another three unnamed players. Diarra would add strength to the midfield at White Hart Lane, enabling the club to compete at various levels this season.

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