New Newcastle signing Mohamed Diame says that Charles N’Zogbia recommended a move to St James Park to him.

The former United winger telling Diame what ‘massive club’ Newcastle was and one-time NUFC right-back Habib Beye also giving the club the thumbs up.

Kind of ironic considering Beye himself couldn’t leave quickly enough after Newcastle were relegated in 2009.

Whilst even better with Charles N’Zogbia, a player who almost from day one once he got in the Newcastle first team, was making clear he thought he deserved a bigger stage than St James Park (sounds a bit familiar eh…Moussa ‘I’ve got an ankle knock’ Sissoko).

Joe Kinnear eventually the one to grant that wish, Charlie Insomnia moving to the bright lights of…Wigan, which is where he met and played alongside Mohamed Diame.

Despite a poor debut against Huddersfield, it  is a big blow that Diame is out with an ankle injury of his own for tonight’s game with Reading. He looks exactly the kind of player Newcastle needed, has shown he is a Premier League level player in the past and also knows all about the Championship – promoted with Hull last season when he scored 10 goals from midfield.

The player saying that once he is fit then he will be ‘…flying and nobody will stop me’, here’s hoping we see that soon.

Mohamed Diame talking to the Chronicle:

“Everybody knows Newcastle. I know the issues here as well and I know Senegalese players who have been here.

“We all know the stories about Alan Shearer and what he did at the club. I have played with players who have been here too.

Charles N’Zogbia told me things and Habib Beye too, they have been here at this massive club – I spoke to a few people before making my decision they said it was a massive club even though they aren’t in the Championship.

“I know that we will back to the Premier League and they said just go there.

“I am not here to replace anybody – I am here to give my best and get the club back to the Premier League. I want to get fit and show what I am like when I am flying on the pitch.

“My main aim is to make the fans happy but to do that I need to be fit. If I am fit, like I say, I’ll be flying and nobody will stop me if I do that.

 “I’ll work very hard to get my fitness back and once I do it’ll be OK.”