By David Craddock
Celtic are lining up a move for former Arsenal and Chelsea star Lassana Diarra, Goal understands.
Diarra is a free agent after leaving Lokomotiv Moscow earlier this year and has been linked with moves to Tottenham and a return to his native France.
Spurs have ruled out a move for the midfielder, and Celtic have now opened talks as they look to lure the former Real Madrid man to Scotland.
Celtic boss Ronny Deila is keen to add the 29-year-old to his squad as he looks to bolster his midfield options after an indifferent start to the season.
Bringing Diarra to Celtic Park would be something of a coup for Deila as he looks to lead them to success domestically and in Europe in his first season in charge of Celtic.
Diarra came close to a move to QPR during the summer transfer window, but the move fell through at the last minute.