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Newcastle, Villa target Diarra confident of Arsenal exit

Lassana Diarra is confident of leaving Arsenal this month.

The Observer says the France international is unhappy with his lack of opportunities since moving from Chelsea for a surprisingly low initial fee of £1.5m in the summer.

Diarra believes he has successfully petitioned Arsene Wenger for a transfer and his agent is in talks with Newcastle, Portsmouth, Aston Villa and Man City. City are believed to be favourites for his signature.

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