The Guardian says Diarra alerted a host of clubs, including Lyon in his native France, when he revealed his determination to quit Arsenal just four months after joining them from Chelsea.
Damien Comolli, the Tottenham sporting director and Diarra's compatriot, knows the midfielder's representatives and will look into signing him for Juande Ramos, the club's new manager. Ramos would like fresh blood in defensive midfield.
Fifa's transfer regulations state that a player "is only eligible to play in official matches for two clubs" in the period from 1 July to 30 June of the following year but they may be registered for "a maximum of three clubs". Diarra came on for Chelsea as a substitute in the Community Shield against Manchester United on August 5 but he did not play for them again before his transfer to Arsenal on August 31. The Football Association confirmed last night that the Community Shield was not an official first-team game.