Celtic deny reports of Lassana Diarra deal

CELTIC have denied reports that the club has signed former Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra.

CELTIC have denied reports that the club has signed former Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra.

According to France Football, the midfielder - who is a free agent after leaving Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow - had agreed to sign for the Hoops on an initial six month deal, with an option for a further year.

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But the club have poured cold water on suggestions they had signed the ex-Arsenal star.

The former France international can call on a wealth of experience, including spells at Chelsea and Portsmouth, as well as Anzhi Makhachkala and Lokomotiv Moscow in Russia.

With 28 international caps under his belt, Diarra was linked with a move to Celtic last week and the 29-year-old reportedly flew into Scotland for talks on Friday.

Diarra was linked with Queens Park Rangers in the summer, but saw a move to Loftus Road collapse.

He was also rumoured to be the subject of interest from Newcastle United, with Napoli said to be planning a January swoop for Ivorian midfielder Cheick Tiote.