Sheffield Wednesday: Zayatte axed agent in Owls deal

Kamil Zayatte in control against QPR striker Junior Hoilett
Kamil Zayatte in control against QPR striker Junior Hoilett

Kamil Zayatte has revealed that he ditched an agent to make sure that his move to Hillsborough went through.

Dave Jones was resigned to losing the centre half at one stage last week because of what the manager described as an “agent problem.”

But the impasse was cleared within 24 hours and Zayatte signed in time to make his debut at QPR.

The former Hull defender has also revealed that he was wanted by clubs in France and Turkey but set his heart on Wednesday because he wanted to play in England again.

He also went back to France to see his family while an agent and the Owls were trying to agree on a deal.

Zayatte says: “Both parties tried to find a solution but did not find one. I stayed in Paris and trained with one of my friends.

“Because there was no solution, I came back here by myself and agreed something with the gaffer and the owner. It was an agent problem.”

Wednesday are also believed to have sidestepped an agent issue when they signed Jeremy Helan.

Zayatte, set to make his home League debut for the Owls against Burnley today, was a free agent after leaving Turkish club Istanbul BB.

He says he was a target for clubs in France and Turkey, where he has spent the last two years: “I wanted to come back to England.

“When Wednesday invited me to go to Portugal with them, I said ‘ok, no problem; if you want me to sign now, ok, if you want me for a trial, I am going to do it, because I want to get back to England and this team is going to be better for me.”