Date: 16th January 2008 at 11:48am
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I had been told early this morning that the Lassana Diarra deal had all but been completed, with an announcement on his arrival set to be made on Friday, if not before – now sky sports are reporting that a deal has been done.

The ‘reports’ are that a fee – around £5m – has been agreed with Arsenal, a medical passed and terms agreed so his signing on a 3 and a half year contract will indeed by announced later this week and his debut could come against Derby at Fratton Park this weekend.

This is a fantastic signing and my thinking is that it makes a statement, as many would have thought we were not ‘big enough’ for him, but once officially confirmed this will prove otherwise – all we need now is a striker to arrive then we will be laughing…

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