Pompey move for Diawara

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Portsmouth have reportedly failed with an initial bid for defender Souleymane Diawara.

Sochaux are reportedly holding out for a fee of around £4 million and have previously warned clubs that they intend to do all they can to hold onto him.

It is understood that a variety of Premiership clubs are considering a move for Diawara, who is presently on African Cup of Nations duty with Senegal.

The 27-year-old has expressed a desire to play in England, however, and the French outfit may be fighting a losing battle in trying to retain his services.