Clarets sign player from bankrupt Belgians

Last updated : 09 January 2003 By Tony Scholes

With most expecting an arrival for the depleted midfield Stan has instead moved to fill a gap in the centre of defence brought about because of injury to Steve Davis and a suspension for Ian Cox.

Today we have signed Drissa Diallo, a 30 year-old central defender from Belgian club KV Mechelen on a one month contract. That is not strictly true, Mechelen have gone bankrupt and so Diallo, who was contracted to them until 2005, is a free agent.

Diallo, who abbreviates his Christian name to Driss, has previously played for AS Brévannes, Sedan and Tilleur Luik. He joined Mechelen in 1998 and a regular in the first team was given a long term contract. His time at Mechelen has not been without success and they have won two titles in his time there.

He is a good friend of Mohammed Camara of Wolves and also played alongside Portsmouth’s Hayden Foxe. Born in Mauritania he does carry a French passport.

The 6ft defender is expected to line up alongside Arthur in the centre of defence on Saturday and he will where the number 3 shirt vacated by Mitchell Thomas at the end of last season.