Exactly how Lamine Diatta was brought to Newcastle United is slowly being sorted out, but it now appears that Diatta’s agent contacted Kevin Keegan directly.
Lamine Diatta – jumped at chance of joining Newcastle United
There had been reports that Dennis Wise had brought Diatta to the club but it looks like that wasn’t the case as Kevin explained:
â€œI donâ€™t know if he was in demand with other clubs, you will have to ask him,â€ â€œBut when his agent said Newcastle were interested, he was over like a shot. He wanted to come here.â€
â€œIf he had not signed, it would not have been an absolute disaster but it makes sense because we do not know what will happen. Players get injured, suspended, lose form so we are a small squad and I just think it was a right thing to do.â€
â€œI got a text from an agent and I knew the player,â€ â€œI had seen him play the African (Cup of) Nations games. He was available because he had canceled his contract at Besiktas.â€
â€œHe is 32 and has vast experience. He did not have to come here for a trial to prove he is good enough because you donâ€™t play for Senegal for all those games if you are not a good player.”
“I just wanted to look at his fitness, see what he was like, not as a player but a person.â€
So that’s sorted out but it doesn’t really matter who brought him to the club, the important thing is that he’s at Newcastle now. we hope he can get match fit quickly and then be put into action.. We certainly need all hands to the pump if we are to survive relegation.
It would be good to see Lamine on the bench for our Birmingham City game, which is turning out to be almost a must win if we are to put some daylight between ourselves and the other teams in relegation trouble.