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Image: Diarra: Reportedly wanted by Fulham and Stoke this summer

Mahamadou Diarra says the PL is his preferred destination after being linked with Stoke and Fulham.

Potters and Cottagers thought to want Mali international

Mahamadou Diarra says a Premier League club would be his preferred destination next season after being linked with moves to Stoke and Fulham. The defensive midfielder, a former Real Madrid player, is a free agent after his six-month contract at Monaco expired at the end of last season. The French club are keen to keep him but ex-Lyon man Diarra is expected to leave in search of regular first-team football following their relegation to Ligue 2. The 30-year-old claims he has several options, but is targeting a switch to the English top-flight.


"Yes, the Premier League is somewhere I would love to play and I'm looking forward to that," Diarra told "I have other contacts, but a very good club in England would be my favourite option." He added: "I am looking forward to next season. To be honest, if injuries do not come, I will have a great season." A move to Stoke or Fulham would come with the added incentive of playing Europa League football after both sides booked a spot in the qualifying rounds. Reports in the African media suggest Diarra is leaning towards a Stoke move as he looks to relaunch his career in Europe, with manager Tony Pulis understood to be keen on the Mali international.

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