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:
â€œDiatta passed his medical and everything was agreed and the contracts were drafted, but then the player asked for more time.”â€œNow Kevin Keegan has decided he does not want Diatta any more because of the playerâ€™s actions.â€
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.