Transfer talk

Fulham snap up Diarra

February 27, 2012

Fulham have signed free agent Mahamadou Diarra, pending a successful application for a visa.

Mahamadou Diarra Monaco
GettyImagesMahamadou Diarra: Relegated with Monaco

Diarra, who once cost Real Madrid reported £22million, has signed until the end of the season, with the option of extending his deal by a further year.

Diarra has been without a club since leaving Monaco last summer and is hoping to resurrect his career in the Premier League.

Diarra, a Mali international for more than a decade, left Monaco following their shock relegation from Ligue 1.

He spent less than half a season there after joining them on a free transfer from Real, where he spent four and a half years, winning two Primera Liga titles, one Copa del Rey and one Super Cup.

He joined the Madrid giants from Lyon in the summer of 2006 having won four successive Ligue 1 titles.

While at Lyon he formed a formidable midfield partnership with Michael Essien and was linked with Manchester United before Real pounced.

Diarra began his senior career with Greek side OFI Crete before moving to Holland to play for Vitesse Arnhem.