Lamine Diatta has will become a Newcastle United player once he gets the OK from the Turkish FA.
Lamine Diatta – Newcastle’s new defender
The 32-year-old spent several days on trial this week at St Jamesâ€™ Park and he has signed to play for Newcastle until the end of the season.
The Senegal captain cancelled his contract with Turkish side Besiktas last December in an effort to play in the Premier league. He has been looking for a new club since the end of the African Cup of Nations and was brought to the club by Dennis Wise apparently.
The defender has now to recieve an official letter from the Turkish Football Association to say he is allowed to play for his new Tyneside club.
Lamine told Lâ€™Equipe today:
â€œWe will discuss my long-term future when the season ends,â€ â€œI played the ACN (African Cup of Nations) and then trained at Lormont, in Bordeauxâ€™s suburbs.”
â€œMy priority was Newcastle. I will play at centre back. I donâ€™t know if Iâ€™ll be able to start against Liverpool on Sunday because my new club have to receive a letter from the Turkish FA before Friday.”
“A game with Senegal is planned on March 26, but Iâ€™ll give the priority to my club.â€
Lamine should be told the Liverpool game is tomorrow not Sunday and he will not be playing. 😀
But we’re pleased to hear the obvious enthusiasm from Lamine today, after he had almost backed out of a deal with Newcastle United.
We also think it’s a good move for both player and club that he plays until the end of the season. He may even replace Steven Taylor at the back if Kevin has told him he will play there.
But he must also be able to fit straight into the physical nature of football that is the English Premier League, if he is to be effective.
Of course Habib Beye has had a couple of games at center-back for us and performed extremely well there. Habib could even be switched there and Lamine can come in at right back is another option.
But it does give Kevin some options, which he desperately needs right now. Looks like we may have three Senegalese at some point in our back four with Diatta, Baye and Faye.
Wonder who plays left back for Senegal these days? 😀