Diawara frustrated by fee
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Souleymane Diawara says his asking price is warding off potential suitors.
Sochaux defender Souleymane Diawara says his chances of joining Portsmouth and Marseille have gone cold as his employers are holding out for a substantial transfer fee for the defender.
Diawara, who has also denied having any contact with Newcastle United, has long been a target for Harry Redknapp and the South Coast side had a bid for the stopper rejected in the January transfer window.
Despite renewed contact over the summer Diawara has heard nothing else from Pompey recently, with French outfit Marseille also failing to follow up their initial interest in February.
The player is convinced that the reported é¼6 million (£4 million) asking price set by Les Lionceaux is responsible for a lack of news on the transfer front.
"I have no desire to leave so far, but if there is a good opportunity why not seize it?" said Diawara in But!
"I am starting my fourth season at the club and I would like to reach a new level.
"I had no contact with Newcastle.
"About Portsmouth, I heard about it.
"During the holidays a Sochaux official had a meeting in Paris with an English official but no-one called me to tell me they want me.
"Paris [Saint Germain] has never been topical, unlike l'OM.
"I met Pape Diouf and Jose Anigo at Marseille during the Uefa Cup match against Bolton and talks went off smoothly.
"Even if l'OM is looking for a centre defender I had no new contact.
"Sochaux is asking too much money for my departure, but maybe it is due to the é¼4 million (£2.7 million) offer from Portsmouth during the last transfer window."