Diarra to miss Nations Cup

Diarra to miss Nations Cup

Published Jan. 10, 2013 7:16 a.m. ET

Dynamo Kiev appear to have edged ahead of Premier League suitors in the pursuit of Genoa defender Andreas Granqvist.

The Sweden international, who spent a forgettable 18 months with Wigan in 2007/08, is said to have attracted interest from Tottenham, Liverpool and Sunderland.

Granqvist is open to the idea of leaving Genoa, but is hoping to link up with a side that can compete for UEFA Champions League qualification.

Dynamo are regulars in European football's premier club competition, and they have opened discussions regarding a deal.


Granqvist is aware that talks are under way and is waiting for an update from his agent before deciding what his next move will be.

He told Sportbladet: "I am happy in Genoa, but it is no secret that I would like to play for a club who play in the Champions League or Europa League.

"I know that Dynamo Kiev and Genoa have been negotiating."

The 31-year-old has been struggling with a knee complaint recently and has not featured for the Cottagers since their 3-0 home loss to Tottenham on December 1.

Fulham manager Martin Jol has made his frustration clear over the fact the Eagles still intended to call up Diarra for the African Nations Cup, which kicks off on January 19.

However, after considering the advice of Fulham's medical team, Mali have reviewed the situation and Diarra will not participate in the tournament in South Africa.

The former Real Madrid midfielder, who joined the Whites in February 2012, will return to west London to continue his rehabilitation there.