Addicks keen on Diawara
By Patrick Haond & Laurent Picard. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
According to reports emanating from the French press, Sochaux defender Souleymane Diawara could soon be heading for The Premiership.
The 27-year-old stopper has reportedly caught the eye of Charlton boss Iain Dowie, who would be eager to tie up a deal before Thursday's transfer deadline.
Diawara is a full Senegal international who has proven his credentials in the past few seasons with a series of impressive Ligue 1 displays and was previously being tracked by Newcastle and Portsmouth.
Charlton would need to lodge a bid in the region of é¼6 million (£4 million) to tempt Sochaux into a sale, with talks expected between the two parties later this week.
Meanwhile, Sochaux goalkeeper Teddy Richert has handed the club a boost by putting pen-to-paper on a new two-year deal.
The experienced shot-stopper was coveted by a number of clubs but has decided to remain loyal to Sochaux and stay with them until 2010.