Newcastle Fail To Agree Deal with Diatta

Setanta Sports is reporting this morning that Newcastle United have failed to reach a deal with Senegal International Lamine Diatta.


Lamine Diatta – has failed to agree a deal with the club

Newcastle are reported to have missed out on the capture of Senegalese defender Lamine Diatta. The defender has been at Newcastle this week on trial and news yesterday was that Kevin Keegan had given the go ahead to sign the player on what was thought to be a one year deal.

The defender looked good in training with Newcastle and the club entered into talks with Diatta and his representatives yesterday. But surprisingly it looks like the deal could not be agreed.

It is thought that Diatta passed a medical yesterday ahead of the talks, but the two parties failed to reach agreement over a deal. Diatta has now moved on to pursue other options, probably with either Wigan Athletic or Birmingham City.

The Newcastle Evening Chronicle is reporting that Diatta talked himself out of the deal.

A Newcastle United source said today:

“Diatta passed his medical and everything was agreed and the contracts were drafted, but then the player asked for more time.”“Now Kevin Keegan has decided he does not want Diatta any more because of the player’s actions.”

Looks like Diatta ticked Kevin off and Keegan rightly doesn’t put up with that nonsense. But this is still a surprise since it had been thought Lamine would be Keegan’s first senior signing at the club.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • Stami

    Mar 6, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #1

    Pity! he could have come in useful!

  • Obafan

    Mar 6, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Another bad news story from our beloved club. What are they doing by letting experienced defenders leave to clubs that are going to battle with us to stay up. I say if he really was wanted (and I think KK really wanted him) then we should have done everything to get him. Very disappointed in the board and staff on this!!!!

    This means we have to continue watching the silly mistakes Taylor makes week in week out. Not looking good, CACAPA needs to play on Saturday next to Faye.

  • Mat

    Mar 6, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #3

    “Diatta has now moved on to pursue other options, probably with either Wigan Athletic or Birmingham City.”

    Well, now that it’s come out that those two were in the running, is it any surprise that we got knocked back?

  • George

    Mar 6, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #4

    My inside information on this short term contract is he wanted £1million until the rest of the season, at a cost of £83,333,333 a agme. Who on earth does he think he is. I think that this is how too many players see NUFC now, go there for a short period and pick up the bucks.

  • Mat

    Mar 6, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #5

    A little disclaimer, that was a lame attempt at sarcasm…

  • Mat

    Mar 6, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Spot on George – NUFC is the league’s sugar daddy that all the sluts are trying to squeeze an easy buck out of

  • Chris F

    Mar 6, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #7

    let’s face it, if he was a great defender he wouldn’t have been available on a free after being released/buying out his contract at a club like besiktas because he wasn’t getting a game.

    we’ve got enough average centre halves at the club as it is, if he was no better than faya or cacapa, why bother giving him a megabucks deal (which is no doubt what he was after) for a short term move?

  • Billy

    Mar 6, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #8

    Not sure he is worth it.
    Short Term, expensive and not exactly a great pedigree.
    If Kev really wanted him he would have gone for it.

  • CJ

    Mar 6, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #9

    Another player trying to take us for mug’s.

  • Scott Hodge

    Mar 6, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Extremely relieved !! Another player at the end of his career trying to negotiate a lucrative pension for himself. If Titus Taylor is so great why do we need new central defenders???

  • Macas

    Mar 6, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #11

    If he was that good he wouldn’t be available on a free. Wigan and Birmingham are welcome to him, I doubt he’ll get as much money with either of those. And let’s face it, could we afford to throw in a defender with no premiership experience in what will be vital games for our survival? I don’t think so.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 6, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #12

    So they agreed a fee and he passed the medical but he wanted more time to decide, not to say ‘i want more’, whats wrong with giving him another day to decide.

  • thelongshanks

    Mar 6, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #13

    He def wanted more money,he is 32 and bought himself out of his contract.he was looking for big pay day.not here bud.

  • Ste

    Mar 6, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #14

    Good player or not, newcastle need to stop over paying players, as its clearly not working! Save the wages and bring the youth through, you only need to look at Taylor to see how it that can work!

  • Bill F

    Mar 6, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #15

    If KK is looking at 32 year olds how about the following who I think could do a job for us (subject to availability of course)

    Maldini, Ambrosini, Seedorf, Del Viera, Rui Costa, Vieri (better than Viburger imo), Palermo (not sure if he is that old) and of course my old favourite Juninho (I know he didn’t have the best of games against ManU) to name a few. Any other suggestions.

    I don’t think we need to shed any tears over Ditto.

  • JamJamJam

    Mar 6, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #16

    i’d rather we just played edgar or some other reserve player than signed another over-priced senior foreign player


    Mar 6, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #17

    Obafan what logic is there in playing Cacapa against potentially the pace of torres and/or the height and aerial ability of crouch if anyone should start it is Edgar with faye pr0tecting the back 4

    Beye Taylor Edgar Enrique
    Milner Faye Emre N’Zogbia
    Owen Martins

    Subs: Forster, Cacapa, Butt, Duff, Carroll

    If Emre is injured Duff would start on the left and Zoggy would move inside.

    P.S. Lots of Reports this morning that James Milner will be in Cappellos next squad, Brilliant for the boy and shows that Cappello is not looking at our league position but at the individuals performances unlike Erikksson and McClaren with their Man Utd arselicking Richardson, Phil Neville, Brown, Smith who were all picked regularly under both those and should not be in the first 40 names let alone in 23 best English players available.

  • Mr T

    Mar 6, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #18

    i’m glad we not signed him, hopefully, and i do mean HOPEFULLY, he’ll play someone like Edgar

  • Leo

    Mar 6, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #19

    its dangerous if he goes to either of them because it will only strengthen their chances of surviival unless he is really bad

  • Geordie Joe

    Mar 6, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #20

    If he wasn’t good enough for the turkish league then why would he be good enough for us. I am pleased this hasn’t come off. Rather we gave young edgar a chance in taylors place.

  • Walton

    Mar 6, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #21

    What about johann vogel? in todays paper it said he was supposedly out of contract. he is a quality midfielder and much better than anything we have in the centre of the park!

  • cooldj

    Mar 6, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #22
  • Scott Hodge

    Mar 6, 2008 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #23

    I agree with all the lads saying Edgar deserves a chance. I have watched him all season in the reserves and I believe he will be a better player than Taylor. By the way i always thought Taylor was born in London and lived in Carlisle most of his life. If that is the case how does that make him a Geordie. Can someone put me right on that one ??

  • hanzemre

    Mar 6, 2008 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #24

    i honestly believe he is still a good CB for some EPL teams like us atm. but if he is another mercenary just bugger off now & 4ever.


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