Sam Allardyce is well aware he needs to get in an experienced center back at Newcastle to help mentor his up and coming youngsters – including Steve Taylor and Peter Ramage.
If Sam cannot prise Sol Campbell away from Harry Redknapp’s Portsmouth – then he will probably go after Sam Hyypia of Liverpool.
Another center back on a free transfer is Sylvain Distin – but it looks like he has selected Portsmouth ahead of Newcastle – if you believe recent news reports.
Sam Hyypia Kisses Cup with Gerrard Houllier in Background
In the summer Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is expected to recruit at least one central defender for Liverpool and Sam Hyypia could be the one to leave – to make way for the new arrival.
He has made an astounding 399 appearances for Liverpool and scored 28 goals since signing in 1999 from Willem II, a Dutch football club – for â‚¤3 million.
Hyypia has climbed into the top 25 of Liverpool’s all-time appearances table and it was reported in 2005 that he had agreed to a new three-year contract with Liverpool – which means he would cost Newcastle a small fee – if he were to move. It’s unlikely that Liverpool will want much for him – given the great service he has given the club over the last 8 years.
While there may be some concern about Sam Hyypia’s speed these days – at 6′ 4″ he would still be a good acquisition for us and could do a job at Newcastle.