Reports surfaced overseas this morning that former France international Alou Diarra was close to signing with the Fire. While a contract signing may not be imminent, Diarra has joined the team for training beginning today. The midfielder has served as captain at Ligue 1 side Bordeaux and the French National Team over the course of his career but has been without a club since leaving West Ham last summer. The 33 year old midfielder could fill a position that Frank Yallop and Brian Bliss have been looking to upgrade for the last few weeks. A holding midfielder that can man the position in the mold of a true "number 6" would go a long way towards making Yallop's 4-3-3 scheme operate efficiently. If Diarra's trial is successful and he is fit, he could provide that piece of the puzzle.
Diarra's résumé does boast some impressive work with stints at Bayern Munich, Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseille, and Rennes before a short run a West Ham. Injury curtailed his playing time at West Ham and Rennes and he has been without a club since July of 2014. He will be 34 this summer but if he's sufficiently recovered from an ACL injury suffered in 2013 and he has regained the mobility that led to 44 caps for France he could play an important role for the Fire.
Nothing has been signed and there are significant "ifs" still to be resolved but a fit and mobile Alou Diarra would answer some of the questions raised here.
Even if it is a short term solution.