Diarra seals Marseille switch
France midfielder Alou Diarra has signed for Marseille from Bordeaux. The 29-year-old is reported to have agreed a three-year contract with OM after four years with Les Girondins, during which time he won the Ligue 1 title in 2009.
A statement on Marseille's official website read: "Alou Diarra passed his medical on Monday morning and signed his contract in the process. With Diarra, the club has secured the services of an international defensive midfielder who is among the best in France in his position."
Born in Villepinte on the northern outskirts of Paris, he was signed by then Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier in 2002 but failed to make a first-team appearance for the English club, joining Lens in 2005 having been on loan there and also at Le Havre and Bastia.
Diarra moved on to Lyon in 2006 before joining Bordeaux a year later. Diarra, who has won 34 senior caps for France, was a target for Marseille boss Didier Deschamps last summer but the club were unable to agree a deal with Les Girondins at that time. He was suspended for six matches last season after pushing a referee during a Ligue 1 match in October.