At last Sam Allardyce is close to making his first signing for Newcastle United.
Even though still officially on holiday until next week – Sam has been working the phones on the transfer front â€“ and it looks like his first signing for Newcastle is close.
The news is that Sam will make Ghana’s international midfielder Derek Boateng his first signing at St. James’ Park.
The 24-year-old is with Israeli club Beitar Jerusalem – and apparently Big Sam has been an admirer of Boateng for some time. Since Boateng is a converted mid-fielder this suggests that Big Sam will not only bring in a new defense but also will alter our midfield â€“ so we would expect one or two of our current midfielders to be moving on.
So how much are we paying for this new midfielder ?
In the Sam Allardyce tradition he will cost us under Â£1M â€“ so utterly different from the Souness era – and probably a good bargain.
Originally a striker, Boateng has moved further down the pitch and is currently considered a defensive midfielder at his club due to the position slightly behind the other midfielders he tends to have during the game. While he is not a traditional holding player his ability to hold the ball and make the opening passes make him suitable for that position.
Years Club Appearances (Goals) 1999â€“2001 Kalamata 27 (9) 2001â€“2002 Panathinaikos 24 (3) 2002â€“2003 OFI Crete 12 (1) 2003â€“2006 AIK 55( (5) 2006â€“ present Beiter Jerusalem FC 20 (1)
In total he has played 138 club games and scored 19 goals.
He has played 20 times for Ghana scoring one goal.
It is also being reported to day that Ben Tal Ben haim is keen to join Newcastle so we can probably expect Ben Haim to be on his way to Newcastle on a free transfer.
So thereâ€™s two players coming for â€¦. less than Â£1M.
Big Sam Allardyce
Ben Haim knows that he will be given a prominent role at Newcastle – and this combined with the fact that he knows Sam well – apparently has tipped the balance for us over other clubs like Chelsea.
Sam Allardyce seems to be getting on with the business and he spoke to the Evening Chronicle today on the transfer market – this is what he said:
“We’ve already had lots of meetings and talked about future plans for new players here.
“Those talks are continuing, and we are close to making a breakthrough in the not-too-distant future.
“Everybody here is working together to take the club forward.”
“Freddy Shepherd is the man who brought me to Newcastle United as manager and I hope that everyone involved with the club can work well together.”
It’s good to see Big Sam getting on with the job – and it looks like his first two signings for the club are good – and in the tradition of Sam Allardyce.
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