Will it prove 3rd time lucky for Harry with midfield swoop?

Football FanCast guest columnist Marcus Dann wonders if Sissoko will prove 3rd time lucky for Harry, as he looks to tie up a partner for Wilson Palacios.

When Harry conceded that the club had approached Real Madrid about Lassana Diarra's availability this summer, I was surprised to say the very least. This wasn't because I didn't rate the player, because in my mind he is arguably one of the best in the world in his position, but the fact that Harry is clearly intent of playing with two strong central midfielders ahead of the new season.

I have been saying for ages that the club's real problem over the years is that we have been lightweight in the middle and more often than not we get bullied out of games. There aren't many times that you can say that we dictate the proceedings, especially away from home, and that is why we tend to drop so many points on our travels. It is something that Harry is clearly intent to resolve as he seeks to find that ideal partner for Wilson Palacios.

We have all watched on in the past few weeks as Viera's name has been heavily linked with a shock move to the Lane, which certainly brought a mixed view among supporters. I have to concede that I was never for it and delighted that Arsenal are sniffing around and it is probably the one time that I am happy to see the club be gazumped by the scum. The prospect of seeing him in the white of Spurs didn't sit well and hopefully Wenger will put us out of misery later on this week.

So it appears that once again Harry has to look elsewhere and his attentions have turned, according to reports, to Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko. The 19yr old, who has been called up to the full French National team having impressed for the U21s, ironically at the expense of Patrick Viera, is considered to be one of France's bright young prospect and Toulouse are reportedly holding out for a £12m fee. Although it certainly appears steep, apparently he is a player that we have been monitoring for the last couple of years and it is someone that Comolli has been singing the praises of when he was at the club. His inclusion in the French squad for the World Cup qualifier does suggest that Sissoko clearly is fulfilling his potential, but at that price doesn't he represent far too much of a risk, or is it a gamble worth taking?