Mahamadou Diarra could be set to earn a pay-as-you-play deal after impressing Fulham boss Martin Jol, according to the Mirror.
The Mali midfielder has been training with the Cottagers following his contract expiration last summer and Jol is ready to reward the powerful centre-mid for his impressive form on the training ground.
The former Lyon, Real Madrid and Monaco man sustained a serious injury last December and has only recently returned to fitness.
Diarra, 32, made his return to football with a run-out for Fulham's under-21 side against Reading, and it appears Jol may yet involve Diarra in first-team affairs.
Ex-Tottenham boss Jol concedes, however, that Diarra is no longer the player that once graced the Bernabeu or impressed in the Champions League for Lyon:
"I don't think he will ever be the player he was when he started at Lyon," Jol is quoted as saying in the Mirror. "That was 100 per cent."
However, Jol feels the player's technical quality and influence on the dressing room are of importance and may look to do a deal for the holding midfielder:
"I felt he wasn't 100 per cent before but he was so influential with his passing and in the dressing room.
"We told him play three matches and then we will make an assessment.
"There are different scenarios like getting players and pay them when they play.
"But first we need clearance from the medical staff and his surgeon in Madrid to say he is fit."
Should Diarra earn a new deal at the Cottage he will join Steve Sidwell, Scott Parker and Derek Boateng as the defensive midfielders currently in Jol's squad.
Parker and Boateng only joined this summer, with Parker arriving from Premier League rivals Tottenham and Boateng signing on a free transfer from Ukranian side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.
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