Why Hull’s Zayatte Would Be Savvy Newcastle Signing

The Sunday Mirror is reporting today that Kamil Zayatte will be a Newcastle target in the summer iof the Tyneside club can get promoted.

Kamil Zayatte – can also play defensive midfield

It could be that Hull City will be changing places with Newcastle at the end of the season, with Hull precariously in 3rd bottom place after getting a single point more than Newcastle last season to avoid the drop.

The Guinea defender, who is 24 years old, has apparently had a falling out with outspoken Hull manager, Phil Brown – who we all know was born in South Shields.

Zayatte has said he wants to play for a bigger club, and Newcastle are even now the 5th best supported club in England, even when now playing in England’s second tier.

Both Tottenham and West Ham were interested in the player in the transfer window, but Zayatte thinks he was priced out of a move.

Now, the news is that Phil Brown will be ready to off-load Zayatte in a £2.5M move to Tyneside in the summer.

It’s being reported that Chris Hughton had Zayatte on his radar screen but missed out on Zayatte when the player joined Hull for £2.5M in the January, 2009 transfer window.

But with Newcastle having Coloccini, Taylor, Williamson and Kadar as center-backs already, we wonder of we need another one for next season?

It’s already going to be some battle between Coloccini, Williamson and Taylor for the two center back positions – and Tamas is an up and coming player of the future on Tyneside.

But Kamil can also play defensive midfield, and with Nicky Butt looking to retire in the summer Newcastle will need another defensive midfield player to challenge Alan Smith for the position.

And since Zayatte he can also play center-back he could be a good buy for Newcastle.

24 year-old Kamil started his career at Lens in France but in 2007 moved to Berner Sport Club Young Boys 1898 in Bern, Switzerland and he played for them around 41 times with a single goal.

Then he went on loan to Hull in 2008, and eventually signed for them in January of 2009, but not before having trials at both Everton and Newcastle in the summer of 2008.

He’s played over 55 times for Hull with 3 goals, and he’s played for Guinea 21 times with 2 goals.

We expect that Chris already has his targets lined up for the summer, should Newcastle be promoted, and we expect him to be fully backed again by owner Mike Ashley.

But don’t expect Newcastle to go on a spending spree, rather they will look for good players to bring to Tyneside with bargain deals.

At £2.5M we have to think that Zayatte would be a decent signing – especially when he can play in multiple defensive positions.

What do you think?

Comments always very welcome.

20 comments so far

  • G

    Feb 28, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Still a good bit of season to go before we know who will be promoted and relegated, but at this point I would take him as he does offer a different option, and his versatility would be an asset. I agree that we should be looking at signing solid bargains rather than expensive superstars.

  • sahil

    Feb 28, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #2

    “In summer 2008, Zayatte had trials with Everton and Newcastle United,before joining Hull City”

    Off wiki. Seems like he wasnt good enough then…

  • Warwick Hunt

    Feb 28, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #3

    I think Collo will be sold in the summer if we get a decent offer, he is on £70K a week which is way above our new wage cap and that for a defender as well. i think the wage cap will be raised a bit if we get into the PL but it will still be consedrably lower than at present. Can see a few more of our top earners pn stupid contracts being sold on as well, contarcts drawn up prior to MA reign, new contracts will probably have more clauses than Xmas, which they should have, relegation clause and the likes.

  • cam_toon

    Feb 28, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Not interested at all. Cost hull a couple of goals last season. Was on trail and didn’t make it. We have spent long enough clearing out older, uncommitted players. Why start again?

  • ZidaneMan

    Feb 28, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Zayatte has not lived up to the plate at Hull. Don’t think he would be any better at Newcastle especially if he was offered a trial. I would try and tempt Miguel Veloso again like they did before. Could also go for theMichael Johnson of Man City who we were interested in as well!

  • Kevin

    Feb 28, 2010 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #6

    If we are to compete in the PL next season, we’ll need more quality than Zayatte who isn’t even good enough for Hull. With a financial boost and – dare I say it – the slight possibility of a new owner, we must aim higher. Our current team is not even as quality as it was last year – when we were relegated – although as a unit we are looking much more solid and up for it.
    We will need two things next year – for young talent (Carroll, Routledge, S. Taylor) to blossom and overachieve, and for top-rate, tested players (Nolan, Curly, any new purchases) to look interested and give 100% every game. These are two things which did not happen a season ago.
    While we have the young talent, we will need a few mature, talented players to lead our team. Michael Johnson could be a possibility or even Joe Cole. Our midfield must be first priority – and what happens in summer, I believe will depend a lot on our dedication to Joey Barton – and his to us.

  • nightfa11

    Feb 28, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #7

    @ Kevin – “Our current team is not even as quality as it was last year.” true but i bet u anyday that our current team would beat last years team. they were bunch of moneygrabbers..& this years team works for each other, but yes…we must inprove our midfield & if we could add a proflic striker would be nice.

    midfielders i’d be happy with: gourcuff, johnson, flamini. if we dont improve there i’m afraid we’ll stuggle..big time.
    st: have no idea, but adriano’s apparently free..sure he’s almost 30…but…he’d be good for 3 years – till carroll & ranger get closer to years of their best football.

  • will die for the toon army

    Feb 28, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #8

    All Zayatte will be coming in will be as cover nothing else. He aint that good but he will keep the pressure on the back 4. He looked good wen Hull were on fire until they all fell apart. I believe he can make an impact. CH will make the right signings I believe. I am not yet convinced with Best but time will tell what I have learnt at NUFC is patience.

    Stop thinking abt a new owner MA is here to stay the administration are planning although in silenec but look at all the changes a wage cap, new academy coach, new chief scout. That doesnt look like an owner who is leaving.

    For the first time I like the silence at NUFC. Only football.

  • will die for the toon army

    Feb 28, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #9

    We can get Johnson. I dont think he is in Mancini’s plans but I bet Aston Villa, Spurs will beat us to him.

  • Colombus

    Feb 28, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #10

    Zayatte could be a descent signing as I think we could need more speed in the back four. He has proven himself in several occasions that he has e very big potential and the price is ok.

    I would much rather go for O’hara than Johnson. Johnson is a huge talent, but we don’t need more troublemakers in the club.

    Three great midfieldsignings for the summer: Jose Ernesto Sosa, (can both play playmaker and winger), Ohara and Moussa Sissoko.

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Feb 28, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #11

    I just wonder if Steve Bruce had a hidden agenda when he signed as scumberland manager.
    He’s doing a great job so far.
    The unwashed are only 3 points from the relegation zone, and I see their fans are starting to call for his head.

  • Tom Mo.

    Feb 28, 2010 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #12

    they haven’t won a match in like 14-15 games. from the fulham sunderland game i just watched, WE could definitely beat both of those teams the way they played today. I think we need serious improvement in the squad if we get promoted, SERIOUS. But we are not as bad off as we think. We can easily compete with these teams in 10-20 places in the prem right now.

  • baro

    Feb 28, 2010 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #13

    Zidane Man

    I wish we go back for Miguel Veloso, last season when we were interested in him, it said Mike Ashley wanted him at Newcastle. So, he would be awesome signing. Plays any where in Midfield, attacking, mid, or defending. To not get relegated again, we really need a couple of big signing, at least 1 hopefully, around 10 million or less, the rest lower.

  • marshy

    Feb 28, 2010 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #14

    so ‘will die for the toon’ you like the football,well what I have seen of it,your easily pleased.

  • singamagpie

    Mar 1, 2010 at 2:46 AM

    Comment #15

    not impressed with zayatte. He was awesome during the beginning of last season but was part of the reason why hull were one point away from relegation last season. A better and realistic signing would be curtis davies and onuoha. For midfield we nee to get rid of butt,smith,r taylor and pancrate; replacing them with skjelbred, darron gibson, chung yong lee (if bolton gets relegated) and o’hara.

  • Bovinicus

    Mar 1, 2010 at 4:06 AM

    Comment #16

    Some of you actually want to sign Michael Johnson? Permacrock with a drinking/gambling problem who was about 25 lbs overweight last time he took to the pitch?

    You must be taking the piss.

  • Bao Zheng

    Mar 1, 2010 at 5:46 AM

    Comment #17

    Warwick Hunt, hilarious, more clauses than Xmas, even better. Back on subject, isn’t Curly a defensive midfieder converted to centre back. Seems to me a central defensive triangle of Curly, S. Taylor and Williamson would be very effective. Older viewers may remember Terry Hennessy doing same thing for Derby. And of course Curly has the advantage that he can actually play football and can still run and get forward from time to time. And he is a master of the black arts so can look after himself at Stoke. In fact the more I think about it …

  • bobby_ollox

    Mar 1, 2010 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #18

    I prefer Curlyccini to Curly.

  • geordielad880

    Mar 1, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #19

    I cant believe some of you actually think we could sign veloso, gourcuff, moussa sissoko, i think you have been on football manager or fifa too long, there is no way we could attract these players, we dont have the pulling power we used to have, and we dont have a high profile manager which helps to attract players.

    I think we will target players like:- jamie o hara, good professionals for a decent fee and ok wages, and i dont have any arguements against that.

  • tdt

    Mar 1, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #20

    Current squad when fully fit:


    Subs: Krul, Kadar, R.Taylor, (2 of the above central midfielders), Best and Ranger.

    That doesnt include all the other youngsters that we have, and any good new signing we’ll hopefully make in the summer. Decent squad like, once everyones fit.


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