Diarra close to Monaco move
Midfielder travels to France for medical
Last Updated: January 27, 2011 9:39pm
Diarra: Poised to join Monaco
Real Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra is poised to complete a switch to struggling French side Monaco.
Monaco, currently second bottom of Ligue 1, have confirmed Diarra will fly into the principality on Thursday night before undergoing a medical and wrapping up a permanent switch, which has been agreed between the clubs.
"Real Madrid and AS Monaco have agreed the transfer of the player Mahamadou Diarra," said Real in a brief statement on the club's official website.
"The agreement is dependent of the player passing a medical exam, as well as the signing of the contract with his new club."
The transfer will signal the end of a largely unhappy four years at the Bernabeu for 29-year-old Diarra, who joined Spanish giants Real from Lyon in 2006.
The midfielder has struggled to win over the club's fans and coaches, and has yet to start a match under manager Jose Mourinho this season.
Diarra will be seeking a fresh start at floundering Monaco, who are in a relegation battle this term.