According to reports, West Ham United are close to completing the signing of French international midfielder Alou Diarra from Marseille.
The French international who featured for France at Euro 2012, is set to arrive in London on Thursday to finalise a deal with the Championship play-off winning side.
The 31-year-old is expected to leave the Ligue 1 side this summer and Sam Allardyce is looking to bring the experienced midfielder to the Premier League.
French newspaper La Provence reports that Diarra will joins the Hammers on a two-year deal when he gets into London on Thursday.
Diarra only joined Marseille twelve months ago, but could not repeat the success he enjoyed with former club Bordeaux where he won the Ligue 1 title twice as Marseille finished a disappointing 10th last season.
However, he was included in the France squad for Euro 2012 and started their opening match against England.
Sam Allardyce is looking to bolster his West Ham squad for the start of the new season as they aim to cement their place in the Premier League after promotion from the Championship last season via the Playoffs.
Allardyce is hoping to add Diarra to other new recruits Mohamed Diame, George McCartney, Modibo Maiga and James Collins at Upton Park.
If this is completed, I feel this is a clever signing by Sam Allardyce. Alou Diarra is a Papa Bouba Diop mark II, He will sit in front of the back four and break up the oppositions play. Being a French international proves he has big game experience and for £2 milion… that’s a good deal. I’m adamant Big Sam would have played the formation incorporating Papa Bouba Diop more last season if Bouba Diop wasn’t injured half the time, So it gives us more tactical options which is always good. It also sends out a clear message that we can recruit top quality players and we are planning to stay in the Premier League for a long time!