City to join Spurs in race to sign £15 million French midfielder

Manchester City are to join Tottenham in the race to sign Portsmouth midfielder Lassana Diarra. The French international has been repeatedly linked with a move away from Fratton Park when the January transfer window opens ever since ex-Pompey boss Harry Redknapp claimed that he rejected a £15 million bid for the player on transfer deadline day.

City boss Mark Hughes is keen to add to his midfield options come January, with Diarra now high on his wish-list. Diarra, 23, moved to Pompey at the beginning of the year from Arsenal where he spent just six months on loan from Chelsea. He has proved a real hit at Portsmouth becoming a firm fan favourite at the club, however Tony Adams now has a fight on his hands to hold onto him.

Diarra is a terrific midfield player that would be a great signing for either side in question. He certainly knows how to pass a ball and has definetly become one of the Premier League's best midfield players. It will be interesting to see, should he opt to leave Pompey, will he choose to join money-bags City or re-ignite his partnership with Redknapp at White Hart Lane.