Kevin Keegan, as we reported last week, could have a new defender in his squad by tomorrow.
Lamine Diatta – on trial at Newcastle – could sign tomorrow
Senegalese international Lamine Diatta, who is 32 years old, is on trial with Newcastle for the next couple of days.
The 32-year-old defender has been brought to Newcastle by the new scouting regime, but that Keegan and his back-room staff are not sure he is good enough. That’s something they will have a chance to ascertain more closely in the next day or two.
But Keegan will not sign the player if he is no better than what we already have, and then it is likely to be at most an 18 month contract, to see the club over a difficult spell.
Keegan told the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œWe have today and Tuesday to see how he does and we can sign him if we want him.”â€œBut we will not be signing him unless it is a worthwhile exercise.â€
Diatta was born in Dakar, Senegal and moved to France when he was just one year old. He stands just over 6’0″ tall and is said to be good in the air, which is something we are weak at without fellow Seneglaese International Abdoulaye Faye in the side.
Obviously Faye and Beye will know Diatta quite well through playing together for Senegal.
Here is Diatta’s playing record:
Years Club App Goals 1998-1999 Toulouse FC 25 0 1999 Marseille 0 0 1999-2004 Stade Rennais 129 9 2004-2006 Olympique Lyonnais 32 0 2006-2007 St. Ã‰tienne 25 1 2007-2008 Besiktas JK 10 0 2000- Senegal 26 1
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