Mid-Day Ticker: PSG open to Beckham move, Diarra joins Fulham and more

Mid-Day Ticker: PSG open to Beckham move, Diarra joins Fulham and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: PSG open to Beckham move, Diarra joins Fulham and more

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The David Beckham to Paris Saint-Germain rumors are back.

PSG sporting director Leonardo said despite Beckham's rejection of the wealthy club "the door is still open" to signing the English midfielder. Beckham, 36, cited family considerations as a major factor in his decision to stay in LA and re-sign with the Galaxy.

Paris has fallen out of the Ligue 1 lead despite a hefty payroll but are likely to qualify for next season's Champions League.

Here are some more stories to keep your Monday going.

FULHAM SIGN DIARRA ON FREE TRANSFER

Fulham have signed Mali midfielder Mahamadou Diarra on a free transfer to a contract through the end of the season. The former Real Madrid player has been without a club since leaving Monaco last summer.

The deal is contingent on Diarra receiving a work visa but that should not be a problem considering his high number of caps for Mali. The 30-year-old's contract has the option for an additional year.

KEAN SAYS BLACKBURN BETTER OFF WITHOUT SAMBA

Christopher Samba finally got his long-sought move away from Blackburn Rovers with a shocking 12 million pound move to Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala on Friday. The Congolese international was able to complete the move because the Russian transfer window didn't shut until last Friday. Samba will join newly-signed manager Guus Hiddink in a side flush with cash and ambition.

Samba's former manager, Steve Kean, is far from upset with the news. Kean said the Blackburn dressing room is a more cohesive place without Samba and they are a better side moving forward.

KAISERLAUTEN INVESTIGATING FANS FOR HITLER SALUTE

Bundesliga club Kaiserslautern has reported a group of fans to the police for allegedly giving the Hitler salute to an Israeli player. According to the club a group of less than 10 fans gestured to striker Itay Shechter during practice on Monday following the team's 4-0 defeat to Mainz.

Kaiserslautern said the fans belonged to a hooligan group that has been banned from games for several years. The club has issued a statement distancing itself from the fans and encouraging anyone with knowledge of the perpetrators to alert the police.

DROGBA, VAN DER VAART, ROONEY OUT OF FRIENDLIES

Less than a month after a devastating loss in the African Cup of Nations final, the Ivory Coast will be without star striker Didier Drogba for a friendly against Guinea. Drogba was taken off injured in Chelsea's 3-0 win over Bolton on Saturday. The injury to his right knee is not thought to be serious but will require treatment through at least the end of the week.

Rafael van der Vaart will miss the Netherland's friendly with England on Wednesday with an ankle injury. The Spurs midfielder picked up the injury in Tottenham's 5-2 loss to Arsenal on Sunday. Wayne Rooney will also miss Wednesday's international with a throat infection while Tom Cleverley is out with an ankle injury.

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What do you think of today's stories? Tired of the Beckham to PSG rumors? Will Diarra be successful at Fulham? Will the injuries diminish your interest in the international break?

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