Sheffield Wednesday: Nuhiu wants Zayatte to stay

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New striker Atdhe Nuhiu would be happy to see Kamil Zayatte follow him into the Hillsborough fold.

They played against each other in Turkey last season and Nuhiu found Owls trialist centre half Zayatte a tough opponent.

As Dave Jones attempts to make Zayatte his latest signing, Nuhiu told The Star: “He is a good player. Hopefully the coach will sign him. It would be good for us. He has a lot of experience. If you are going to go up or have a good season, you need this kind of player.

“He was always hard to play against. This is not my business. But I would be happy to see him here.”

Nuhiu was loaned by Rapid Vienna to Turkish club Eskisehirspor for last season, and Zayatte was under contract to Belediyespor.

While Nuhiu awaits his Owls debut, free agent Zayatte has already played in three friendlies as a trialist and is a major target for Jones. The Owls manager has been in talks with chairman Milan Mandaric over the possibility of signing the 28-year-old defender, who was a team-mate of captain Anthony Gardner at Hull.

Jones has said: “I think he has done well. He played with Anthony Gardner in the Premier League. He knows the game. He has a great quality: he is attracted to the ball in the box, which is not a bad quality to have when you’re a defender.

“I like him. It’s whether it’s affordable, and everything else that goes with it.”

Nuhiu has found another familiar face at Hillsborough: he played against Rhys McCabe in an Austria v Scotland under 21 game.

Zayatte was born in Guinea but moved to Paris in his teens and began his career at French club Lens.

From there he went to Swiss club Young Boys; he moved to Hull initially on loan and was then bought by them for £2.5m in 2009.

He made 79 appearances altogether for the Tigers and left in 2011 to go to Turkey where he played for Konyaspor before Belediyespor, who are also known as Istanbul BB.