French midfielder Alou Diarra on trial with Fire

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.

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  • Could be very good if fit. Potentially another Pardo or Freidrich type veteran. Also another guy who could see time at CB if need be.

    Could be very much worth it, if he can play.

  • Interview with DIarra in which he addresses his exit from West Ham (from July)......

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    ...and addresses his ambitions for his next move:

    "What are your aims for next season (2014-2015)?"

    "First and foremost, to put myself into a club with ambition, with a real project, where I have a role to play. The European cups have always attracted me... I have missed that enormously when I was at West Ham... To go to a club that is either qualifying for or already in a European cup for me would be the best possible choice I could make."

    Well, if the Fire won the Open Cup, he might get to play CCL. Not as prestigious as UEFA CL, but it would be a change of pace (something else the article mentions) - for example playing Saprissa away...

    But he would probably be a shorter term solution than that anyways. He does say he wants to play, and reading between the lines, it seems like he's not going to satisfy that at a club with the ambitions he's looking for.

  • About to turn 34, without a club for 9 months, recovering from an ACL tear... Doesn't seem like a good investment to me.

  • In reply to manyou07:

    Somewhat Friedrich-esque circumstances.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    He should be reasonably healthy, he has played since recovering from his ACL tear.

  • In reply to manyou07:

    He's on trial. If he's healthy and moving around well, he could make an enormous difference with the past quality he's exhibited.

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    Sounds like a no-brainer if he is healthy, has a lot of top flight experience at the highest level, something that other Fire players lack.
    Couldn't be any worse than what we had last year, still can't understand some fans fascination with Alex, only position for him would be water boy.

  • In reply to Ron Stone:

    i don't mind having alex on the roster. he's like a baseball bench guy who can play all over the outfield and infield, there's value in that. but he should be paid and played accordingly, for sure.

  • If he is not too expensive it could work out. Would rather see him in the starting lineup than Alex.

  • Even if a short term solution, he'd be a great pickup if he stays healthy.

  • Any sign of David Accam's arrival in camp?

  • In reply to Arklow:

    Speaking to Yallop tomorrow morning. That question is on my list.

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