Date: 16th June 2007 at 8:32pm
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Diarra the World cup French finalist is winging his way to Fratton if Jean-Michel Aulas, the Chairman of Lyon is to be believed.
The French midfielder is admired by Harry Redknapp, but he has always played down his chances of landing the ex-Liverpool player.

Diarra made little impact in his time at Anfield, but will be hoping to prove Premiership critics wrong if a proposed move goes through.

Diarra never actually played a competitive matche for Liverpool, he was loaned back to French clubs Bastia and Le Havre, before finally making a permanent move to Lens for £2 million.

He obviously made enough of an impression on then manager Houllier though, as he later bought him again for Lyon until this seasons subsequent fall-out.

Alain Perrin will probably find it ironic, that his first dabbling in the transfer market with his new club will involve Pompey, but then again he could be the one who throws a spanner in the works!