Arsenal & Manchester City make enquiries over French star

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Arsenal and Manchester City are being linked with a move for French midfielder Lassana Diarra.

The Daily Express cite reports from Russia when claiming that the Premier League duo are interested in bringing the 28-year-old back to England in January.

Diarra is currently plying his trade at Lokomotiv Moscow, on loan from big-spending Anzhi Makhackhala since August.

However, both the Gunners and Citizens want to bring the former French international back to these shores, the report claims, and both have made enquiries over the former Real Madrid star.

Arsenal had Diarra on the books in north London during the 2007/08 season, but he made just seven Premier League appearances for Arsene Wenger.

The Frenchman is back in for his compatriot though, having brought Mathieu Flamini back to the Emirates Stadium for the Gunners this summer.

Diarra could also play in defensive midfield as part of a 4-2-3-1 formation for Arsenal, but they may face a domestic fight for the player’s signature.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is also keen on the player, and the £65,000-a-week wages wouldn’t be a problem for the big-spenders from the Etihad Stadium.

The Citizens have struggled to find a partner for Yaya Toure in defensive midfield, and Diarra could be the answer for the title chasers.

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