Sam Allardyce â€“ after a very successful first week at Newcastle – when he moved Mark Viduka and Joey Barton in for â‚¤5.5M â€“ and moved our captain Scott Parker out for â‚¤7M â€“ will now look at Newcastle’s much-maligned defense, and work on bringing in the players to fix Newcastleâ€™s leaky defense once and for all.
Ben Haim – Signing for Newcastle?
This is what Sam told Sky Sports News yesterday:
“To target some defenders is obviously key now,” “We need to strengthen the back four for the start of the new season.
“Strengthening the defense will be my key area.”
Itâ€™s been well documented that Big Samâ€™s initial targets for the back four are Tal Ben Haim, David Rosehnal and Leighton Baines.
If Sam is to have another good week next week weâ€™d expect at least two of these to be Newcastle players â€“ probably Ben Haim and Rosehnal. Ben Haim is a free transfer, Rosehnal will cost us about â‚¤3.3M from PSG and Baines will cost us around â‚¤5M from Wigan Athletic â€“ but all three would be excellent acquisitions for Newcastle.
We believe negotiations are almost complete to bring Ben Haim and Rosehnal to the club â€“ and Ben Haim will probably be tied up first early next week – or even over the weekend.
We think a fee has been agreed with PSG for the Czech International center back Rosehnal and that Borussia Dortmund cannot match that fee of â‚¤3.3M â€“ so we look home and dry on that one too.
We havenâ€™t heard much about Baines – but sure he will have been reading the stories on Newcastle over the last few weeks – and with Big Sam in place and Ashley to buy the club shortly – weâ€™ve got to think Leighton would just jump at the chance of coming to Tyneside. He’s in England’s under-21 squad for the European Championships which start tomorrow in Holland so Sam may now be delayed in signing him before the tournament ends on 23rd June – or when England are eliminated. In fact negotiations probably need to be completed before then.
Leighton Baines and David Rosehnal
Three players for a total of â‚¤8.3M to go with the two players Sam moved in for a net gain of about â‚¤1.5M last week.
That would mean five players in – for a net of about â‚¤7M â€“ not too bad â€“ and really a good start for Sam since all these players will be available for the start of Newcastleâ€™s pre-season training in early July â€“ which is key.