We are surprised that Newcastle did not move in quickly and sign 20 year-old Virtus Entella left back Cheick Keita, but it looks like we have missed out on the player with tonight’s opponents Birmingham City having agreed a deal for him.
It was news a few days ago that new Italian manager Gianfranco Zola was keen on the player and there is news today in the Italian outlet Il Secola that a deal seems to have been agreed between the two clubs.
20 year-old Virtus Entella left back Cheick Keita
The Virtus Entella Chairman is Antonio Gozzo and this is what he has said in Il Secola about the deal with Birmingham City:
“It’s our first big market operation to when we are in B.”
”We are pleased to have been right about this guy that we have taken on a free transfer and has been with us for three years.”
“We give him our best wishes.”
Cheick has been interesting a number of clubs with his good form at left back this season in Italy’s second division.
But it’s Birmingham who have moved in and paid around €2M for the Keita: that’s the nominal amount Virtus Entella were asking for their Paris-born player.
Keita is of Mali descent and he moved to French second division club Virtus Entella in the summer of 2014, when he was released by Monaco – after he came through the Youth Academy there.
Keita has played regularly over the last two seasons in the Virtus Entella first team and has currently made a total of 48 appearances for his club over that time and he would have been one for the future at Newcastle.
But it doesn’t look like that will happen.