United on 'red alert' over £18m Spurs target

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Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are both plotting bids for Lassana Diarra after Real Madrid decided to sell the midfielder, according to reports.

The French international has been the subject of Barclays Premier League transfer speculation for several months now, and the Daily Star claims Los Blancos are ready to let the player leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer.

Florentino Perez, club president of Real Madrid, has reportedly placed an £18 million price tag on the former Portsmouth star's head, a fee that both the Red Devils and Spurs could afford to meet.

Spurs boss Redknapp has worked with the player before during his time at Fratton Park, and would be keen to bring the player to White Hart Lane amidst reports that Wilson Palacios is set to leave the club.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is also thought to be keen on the player, with the Red Devils looking to strengthen in the central midfield area after releasing Owen Hargreaves.

Paul Scholes' retirement has also increased the need for reinforcements in the position at Manchester United, and Ferguson has already stated that he aims to sign three players in the summer transfer window.


Diarra made a move to La Liga in January 2009, but has found first team opportunities harder to come by under former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

With Madrid looking to cut their wage bill in an effort to provide 'the special one' with transfer funds, Diarra now appears set for an exit and Manchester United or Tottenham Hotspur could provide the answer.

As an additional spanner in the works, the Red Devils are being linked with a move for Spurs playmaker Luka Modric, and Manchester United's success in this chase could impact which club moves for Diarra.

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