Two defenders who Newcastle are being continually linked with are Habib Beye of Marseille and Bakari Sagna of Auxerre. Both areÂ full backs and we think both would be good signings for the club. Let’s take a look at them and see how likely their transfers to Newcastle are.
Habib Beye, born in Paris, is Senegalese and currently plays for French League 1 giants Olympique de Marseille. He is the captain of the Mediterranean club since the start of last season. He has played 125 times for Marseille scoring 4 goals andÂ joined Marseille in 2003 from RC Strasbourg – where he played 134 games scoring 8 goals and was a crowd favorite.Â Â Â He is a regular starter for Senegal having appeared 10 times scoring a single goal.
He is one of the most accomplished defenders in France’s top tier and stands 6′ tall. His preferred position in which he currently plays is right back.Â Â Sam has been linked with Beye for a couple of weeks now but we don’t know of any bid being made yet.Â Â
Sagna, who is 24, is destinedÂ to leave Auxerre in the summer as he believes he needs to be playing for a top club to keep his place in the France team. Unfortunately the news is that Sagna would prefer Arsenal â€“ but that will only happen if Wenger goes after him and ArsenalÂ seem to be well endowed with right backs right now. The fee for Bakari is around â‚¤6M â€“ which is reasonable given heâ€™s one of the best young right backs in Europe â€“ and will only get better at Newcastle.
He has recently received his first call up for the full French National side and standsÂ 5â€™ 9â€ tall. He has played 87 times for AJ Auxerre with no goals. Sagna has represented the French under-21 team during the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship and plays at right back.
We know we have to sign defenders since we have let quite a few go. These two we think would really strengthen our squad.Â Â The defense is going to be the most important area of the Newcastle team to strengthen – given the frailties of the last several years.Â Â Our success next season in large part depends on signings good defenders this summer.