Senegalese international Lamine Diatta, who is 32 years old, is on trial with Newcastle and will play in a pre-arranged game this morning, before Kevin Keegan makes a decision as to whether to offer him a short term contract at Newcastle.
Lamine Diatta – D-day today
Newcastle United executive director Dennis Wise was apparently behind the offer of trials to the Senegal captain. The Guardian says the idea of signing Diatti, who is a free agent and therefore available outside the transfer window, came from Wise’s scouting team.
Since that’s their job, we wouldn’t be at all surprised if that piece of news was true.
But we hear different reports on whether Kevin and his team think Lamine is suited to the rigors of the Premier league, so we have no idea what Kevin thinks about the player.
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
We expect a decision from Kevin some time today on whether he will offer a short term contract to Lamine. If we had to guess the outcome we’d say he will not be offered a contract.Â But we’ve been wrong before. 😀