Keegan May Still Sign Senegalese Defender

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:

“We have today and Tuesday to see how he does and we can sign him if we want him.”“But we will not be signing him unless it is a worthwhile exercise.”

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. Étienne 		25   	1
2007-2008 	Besiktas JK   		10 	0
2000- 		Senegal 		26   	1

Comments very welcome.

40 comments so far

  • YongMalaysia

    Mar 3, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #1

    i doesnt know about him, but i think he wil be another good choice for us, atleast they are 3 DEF from senegal who play together for their country, so they know how to work it out atleast. Nice.

  • Bill F

    Mar 3, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #2

    Apart from Stade Rennais, he hasn’t spent a lot of time anywhere. Is there a reason for this. Sounds a bit dubious to me but you never know, I was iffy about Faye and he has been a good signing.

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 3, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #3

    Might as well have him…Then we can play 6 at the back & four up front…As we have no mid-field anyway!?!..
    …My little joke!..;)

  • Davies

    Mar 3, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #4

    not far from the truth though punk skunk.

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 3, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #5

    @ Davies…Lol!..
    …Please excuse my cynicism bro’, oh , how i wish it was different!..

  • Eric

    Mar 3, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #6

    He might be OK. Could well blend with Faye and Beye. Wish we could resurrect Scoular and Charlie Crowe for the midfield for the rest of the season. He’s got two days – Toon have a little longer. Let’s hope he’s good enough and give Taylor something to really worry about. Stop the arrogance and impatience Steven. In time you could be another Moncur for us.

  • ObaFan2

    Mar 3, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #7

    He hasn’t played much for his club this season, 10 games? Also how long would it take him to settle into the pace of the EPL?

    Anyway KK’s on the scene, he’ll decide and thats good enough for me.

  • ObaFan2

    Mar 3, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #8

    Lol just though that the ACN probably effected the amount of games he’s played for his club this season!

  • obafemimartins

    Mar 3, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #9

    he could have been injured aswell obafan2

  • ToonKing

    Mar 3, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #10

    He’s a decent player, but don’t know how he will adjust to the EPL at 32 years old, allegedly ….

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 3, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #11

    Yea but, he could possibly fit in easier/quicker with his Senegal team mates tho’, couldn’t he?..
    & half the team do speak French!..
    …Then again, the other half speak in tongues!..

  • Hadrian

    Mar 3, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #12

    i wonder if faye and beye put keegan nto him? if they rate him id have him here in a heartbeat .
    whats senegals left back like while were at it ? may aswell play their back four !!

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 3, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Defo, Beye & Faye have been 2 of our best players this season, pity we lost ’em to the ACN for a few games when we really needed ’em!..

  • ObaFan2

    Mar 3, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #14

    The ACN had really effected clubs like us and it’s a shame it’s played(ACN) when it is.

    However being aware of this maybe we shouldn’t have bought or relied on such players, just another cock-up by BSA.

    If he is anywhere near as good as Feye or Beye then KK will have him but the choice is his and I’ll say again I’m happy with that.

    obafemimartins, my thought was he may have been injured and that’s a worry going on our past record for unavailable/injured players.

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 3, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #15

    Aye ObaFan2, fat sham did seem to be lacking somewhat in the thinking department…But, like you say, if KK thinks he’s up to it, let’s have him in!..

  • mikeygd

    Mar 3, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #16

    we cant afford to get any injuries or suspensions to any of our CB with Rozenhal gone so i say bring him in, cant do us any harm.

  • Hadji

    Mar 3, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Rozehnal said he likes it in Lazio

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 3, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Ya’ right Mikegd!..Also, it’s a pity about Rozenhal, i thought he was gonna come good, but hey, y’never know KK may have seen something he didn’t like in him, maybe his attitude?..

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 3, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #19

    Hey Hadji, Rozenhal probably likes the warm sun in Italy!..& he’s on the same land mass as his homeland, for when he ain’t getting a game, which doesn’t seem to be very often!?!..

  • Hadji

    Mar 3, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #20

    You know i was wondering PunkSkunk,my girlfriend from Newcastle just sms me by saying that its freezing overthere,and here in Skopje i’m walking outside with short sleeves cause its so so hot.The question is”Is the weather in Newcastle one of the main factors that some players from Italy,Spain,Brazil don’t wan’t to play for Newcastle.

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 3, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #21

    It could be mate…But saying that, i read on wikipedia that Newcastle has the sixth most sun in England…I think it’s more the cold wind coming from scandanavia to be honest!..
    …Btw, i live in London, so it ain’t that bad for cold wind…Also, football is a winter game, so you’re better off playing in the cold than heat!..

  • Hadji

    Mar 3, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Wow so how did you end up to be a Newcastle fan.

  • scott9

    Mar 3, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #23

    if hes any good get him until the summer its on the free its a no lose situation

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 3, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #24

    ‘cos i was born a Geordie mate!..
    Where’s Skopje?..Is that Macedonia?..If so, is that south Europe?..

  • Ahall

    Mar 3, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #25

    looks like smudger has won a place in KK’s heart! flipping brilliant!

    The Newcastle boss said of his England striker: “He’s gold dust. Wherever you ask him to play, he gives 100 percent.

    “Had he got a goal today against Blackburn it would have been no more than he deserved. He got one chance second half but just pulled it across the goal.

    “If effort and endeavour and honesty won you things, Alan Smith would have medals galore.

    “There’s a place for Alan Smith in any football team.”,,10278~1254543,00.html


    Mar 3, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #26

    if he works well with beye and faye then the back four could be enrique faye diatta beye

    if we are going to do well we need to stick to one defencive lineup consistantly so they can learn how to play along side eachother.

  • shay is shit

    Mar 3, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #27

    we have got to stop getting ones thaat will be at african cup of nations since the cup of nations and during we have not had 1 win

  • Hadji

    Mar 3, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #28

    Shay you’re partly right but that’s not the reason as a matter a fact that cup could develop some of our future youngsters or senior players.
    For ex,Mohamed Zidan,do you know how much his price has went up after the cup…a lot.

  • Hadji

    Mar 3, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #29

    Yes PunkSkunk you’re completely right.That’s the one

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 3, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #30

    Hadji, no wonder it’s so nice & warm, you lucky get!..Another month or so before we get some decent heat bro’!..At least the sun is out tho’!..
    …Keep the faith mate!..

  • Hadji

    Mar 3, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #31

    Always mate,our time will come

  • Tripp

    Mar 3, 2008 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #32

    Hey, it was 23C here on Saturday and then -4C on Sunday. We’ve had temps go from -32C to 20C in two days before!

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 3, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #33

    Tripp, where’s Here?..That sounds mad!..

  • Tripp

    Mar 3, 2008 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #34

    Denver, Colorado, USA. The place where all broken NUFC players get sent to be repaired. lol.

  • m. stockley

    Mar 4, 2008 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #35

    i have never seen him play, anyone know much about him?

  • scottish mag

    Mar 4, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #36

    he knows beye and faye, but he also played with cacapa for 2 years at lyon where he won 2 league titles

  • magpie malaysia

    Mar 4, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #37

    is he good?

  • Yourmindlessanticsappaulme1

    Mar 4, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #38

    It’s a dark day for Newcastle. Actually its been a dark decade whereby you have FAILED at every attempt to live up to ur big team hype. First of all the only reason you are not relegated is because of shay given playing at 400 with your comical defences of past and present proving why you will NEVER AT THIS RATE WIN ANYTHING. Keegan, i need a whole book 2 describe his tom foolery, because speculation 2 bring back Henry from barcelona not only made me doubt him but laugh at the prospect of Newcastle ever being a serious club again. IF YOU HAVE A SO CALLED 70 MIL TRANSFER BUDGET STOP BUYING STRIKERS and invest 65 mil in a defence that may propel u to mid-table mediocrity and then go from there. The fact you haven’t even got 40 points yet is testament to your club’s inability to have common sense. Before i go, i am not a ‘hater’ it’s just common sense that you have struggled year in and year out not to concede goals so get your heads out of ur anus’ and start thinking that you need 2 do something. You are even more dillusional than Ass-and-all fans which is a title you can gladly claim 2 have.


  • Leo

    Mar 4, 2008 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #39

    yourmindless…. your comments are not welcome on this site. dont you think we all know this? its not the fans who sign the players.

    we just support our team.

    did anyone watch the manchester game, they were winning and ruining them in the first half and yet their fans were cr@p, could hardly hear them

    but the press will say nothing about that.

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 5, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #40

    Come in no. 38, your time is up…PEACE OFF!..


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