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London clubs eye up striker Mariano Diaz

PICTURED: Mariano Diaz

MARIANO DIAZ, who played once for the Dominican Republic, is on the radar for two London clubs as a cut-price bargain from Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Striker Diaz, who retired from representing the Dominican Republic after scoring on his debut in a 2013 friendly, has been offered to Arsenal and Tottenham for £18 million.

Since returning from loan at French outfit Lyon last summer, Diaz has only bagged four goals in 19 games. So he is seen surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu under head coach Zinedine Zidane.

Real Madrid welcomed back Zidane towards the end of last season, but even the talisman Frenchman could not get the best out of his disillusioned squad that finished well off the pace of bitter rivals Barcelona.

Zidane has been given the task of rebuilding his squad, which means off-loading as many players as possible in order to create the world's best squad in club football.

Diaz, born in Spain to a Spanish father and a mother from the Dominican Republic, has four years left on his contract with the Real Madrid although his future clearly lies away from the Spanish capital.

Tottenham are eager to add firepower, and although Arsenal are showing interest in Diaz they cannot offer him involvement in next year's Champions League.

Yet the race is on between the pair of London clubs and AS Roma, with the Italian club allegedly about to enter a second round of talks with Diaz's agent.

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