Newcastle Transfer Update on Senegalese Habib Beye


The next expected Newcastle defensive signing may again be from France – as news from the Evening Chronicle this afternoon – is that Sam Allardyce will go after Marseilles skipper, 29-year-old Senegalese Habib Beye – who we have featured on this site a number of times.

We think Beye would be an excellent signing for the club.

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Habib Beye

Apparently Habib is now on vacation and Sam will hope to finalize the deal when he returns. Hopefully, quite a bit of the spade-work on this has already been done. Beye will not only be able to play at right back but has vast experience across the back four. He will be able to act as cover at center-back and will be able to help young Steven Taylor along in his football education. It’s certainly looking like the only player who will retain his position from last season in defense is Steven Taylor – the England hero of the European Under-21 tournament in Holland during the summer.

Habib Beye was born in Paris, is Senegalese and has played 125 times for Marseilles scoring 4 goals. He joined Marseilles in 2003 from RC Strasbourg – where he played 134 games scoring 8 goals and was a firm crowd favorite. He is rated a very accomplished defender in French football and stands 6′ tall and prefers to play at right back. We still don’t know if Newcastle have made an official offer for Beye – or what the transfer fee might be.

Beye played in both the UEFA Cup games against United in 2004 when Marseilles went through thanks to two superb goals from striker Didier Drogba in Marseilles after the first leg at Newcastle had been tied 0-0. The season before last he also played both legs against Allardyce’s Bolton Wanderers in the UEFA Cup. In that tie Marseilles won the second leg 2-1 at the Stade Vélodrome after drawing the first leg 0-0 at Bolton. They were defeated 1-0 in the final that year by Sevilla.

Beye will be a great buy if we can get him – but the word is still that Sam wants Sami Hyypia from Liverpool – and is willing to wait until Liverpool can sign a suitable replacement. In a situation like this you would expect the deal to have already been agreed for Hyypia – but maybe that’s just wishful thinking on our part. We also understand – from comments on this site – that Hyypia is not every Newcastle fan’s cup of tea – but he will add further defensive experience at the back and will not be a starter. Nevertheless we still think he can do a job at the club – under Sam’s guidance.

Comments welcome.



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25 comments so far

  • chris

    Jun 26, 2007 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #1

    Beye looks a good defender and would be an excellent addition to the squad. Hope we can land him.
    Hyypia would give us strength in depth which is what we’ve been lacking. Plus if we can get our injury situation sorted out then we shouldn’t have many problems.
    These 2 and a decent left back and we’d be a lot stronger than last season. We’d also have Ramage, Huntington and Edgar as back up if they don’t go out on loan.

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  • Shearer 4 pm

    Jun 26, 2007 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #2

    beye would be good experience is the key hyphia would also be good as he also has expeience to help taylor

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  • D.

    Jun 26, 2007 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Beye would be an excellent signing, at the right price. We could do with bringing in a young right-back to offer competition and to eventually replace him, seeing as he is nearing 30.

    Hyypia would be a bad signing if he was coming in to play in the first team as he is at the end of his footballing career; however, as a squad player he would be a very good signing due to his vast experience in both league and national/european/international cup competitions. He’s spent a long time at a club that knows how to win things and could perhaps impart some of that knowledge into our clueless squad. He has that same sort of gritty winning mentality that Nicky Butt posesses — and look what he has done for us after everyone thought he was a washed-up has-been.

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  • steve

    Jun 26, 2007 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #4

    don’t know anything about beye. i like hyypia but he is very, very slow and is caught out an awful lot.

    however we are not exactly ac milan defensively and he would be an improvement. i just don’t think relying on him for a whole season is a sound idea.

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  • James

    Jun 26, 2007 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #5

    i also agree that he looks and sounds good and i was wandering how much because he is the captain of marsielle..Plus we need to bulk up the squad as well and getting rid of four defenders only means we need 4 more and plus more

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 26, 2007 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #6

    James – no fee -as far as we can find – has ever been mentioned for Beye – but wouldn’t think it is much more than around 2M – given his age.
    Also it appears official price for Rozehnal was only 2.7M. Sam certainly does some good deals – wonder if he can do the same when he has to go after world class players next summer?
    Hope so. Rozehnal and Beye appear great deals for us…..now we need good left back.

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  • Ross G

    Jun 26, 2007 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #7

    beye would be good a little old though, i wud prefer Sagna or Faubert still. Coliccini is available for just under £3m according to Skysports and Yaya Toure who has joined Barca cost £6m bargain!!!! Chivu will join Barca or Inter for £8m. Robert Kovac joined Dortmund for free. All these bargains of proven quality and how many did we get – none. I think we need to really set our sights higher than Rozehnal, and Hyypia if we expect to compete. I know all the emphasis on signing players without the big name, but most of my mentioned are not players with big attitudes. Chivu has been for example a class act can also play LB and has anothr 5 years in him. Captained Ajax, Romania, and Roma in various competition so good experience. Also i saw Van Der Borre join Forientina for £2.3m recently he is a quality young RB not long linked to Man U, Barca, Real, etc another loss. I would love us to try for if not Davies, Vincent Kompany a real ball playing CB who is a similar player to Rio, just imagine him with Taylor. Lets face it we will sign Beye, Hyypia, and probably Lee Naylor and have an average back line, better than before but still average. Just imagine we invested in some youth and experience Kompany, Sagna, and Shorey and then Beye/Hyypia

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  • LALA

    Jun 26, 2007 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #8

    have u read the news about the claim made by kingston newcastle attempted to sign him. this is bull shit. He’s a shitty player. How pathetic. From the quotes it’s quite apparent that he’s scared to move.

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  • ADAM

    Jun 26, 2007 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #9

    WE HAVE ABUOT £40M TO SPENT PLUS CASH MADE FROM OTHER TRANSFERS GOING OUT OF NEWCASTLE UNITED. SO LETS SPEND IT WISELY. 5 DEFENDERS ,3 MIDFIELDERS , 3 FORWARDS NEED ALL TOGEATHER. GOT THREE SO FAR VIDUKA , BARTON 5.5M , ROZENHAL 2.7M
    4 MORE DEFENDERS NEEDED SAGNA 3M , BRIDGE 5M , HYYPIA 1M, WES BROWN 4M TOTAL = £15.7MILLION
    MIDFIELD 2 MORE NEEDED ALAN SMITH 3.5M , S.W.PHILLIPHS 10M
    TOTAL =£18.5MILLION
    2 FORWARDS NEEDED GODJOHNSON 8M , RIGTERS 1M
    TOTAL = £9 MILLION
    GRAND TOTAL =£43.2 MILLION
    TEAM
    GIVEN
    SAGNA TAYLOR ROZENHAL BRIDGE
    MILNER BARTON S. W. PHILLIPHS
    VIDUKA OWEN GODJOHNSON
    SUBS
    MARTINS,HARPER,ALAN SMITH, HYYPIA, WES BROWN , RIGTERS.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 26, 2007 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Adam – I like your first team !

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 26, 2007 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Lala – yes – we had covered that story in May – not sure Sam pushed his interest too much – if someone elects to play in the SPL you have to question his ambition.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 26, 2007 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #12

    Ross G – Fabricio Coloccini (what a name!) is the one we should go after right now – what’s Sam’s telephone number? The list you shows says we have missed some bargains.

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  • D.

    Jun 26, 2007 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #13

    With any luck the stalling we’ve had on transfer dealings will come to an end now that the takeover is close to completion. There’re plenty of other excellent players out there.

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  • James

    Jun 26, 2007 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #14

    hopefully we can go after some real god plyers fter mike ashley gets on the helm.

    Given

    Beye , Taylor, Rozenhal , Baines maybe luke young if we cant get this beye chap

    Milner , Barton , Smith , Duff maybe a better LM because the other 3 in midfield with give the team the passion and drive to do well 4 the toon.i dont think many prem teams would like to play agaisnt smith and brton in midfield if u know what i mean

    Owen , Martins —–i would still like to see dean ashton to ply with one of these

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  • Loisss

    Jun 26, 2007 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #15

    Hi you guys,
    This one is for the doubters… Yes, Hyypia has lost pace, but let me tell you one thing: he is one of kind, an artist of the defence… No other defenceman can head the ball like him : very often, instead of just clearing his territory, he manages to make a precise pass to one of his teamates… Maybe old, but a great player. Just like Viduke… who will be the best forward of this football club… even at 32. Have a good season. Very good recruitment, Sam… One mistake though : the Barton signing… A very good player, but looks like he’s a god dam fool…
    Loisss

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  • Mats Wahlstrom

    Jun 27, 2007 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #16

    Jon Jönsson has been reported a target for NUFC….Apparently NUFC was at the club yesterday here in Sweden…

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  • James

    Jun 27, 2007 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #17

    Jon Jonsson????????????????????????????????? who the hell is he

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  • Mats Wahlstrom

    Jun 27, 2007 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #18

    Jon Jönsson born 8th of July 1983, central defender in Swedish club IF Elfsborg.

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  • LiamBirchy8

    Jun 27, 2007 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #19

    have you got a source, saying that this jonsonn was at nufc yesterday?

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  • Kein

    Jun 27, 2007 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #20

    After confirming the signing of Jönsson, Big Sam is going after the Finn Legend Jari “the Divine Mullet” Litmanen.

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  • James

    Jun 27, 2007 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #21

    Kien Dont make me laugh he is about 35 isnt he

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  • James

    Jun 27, 2007 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #22

    Geremi in the news today on a free transfer ,that sounds good,and another chelsea player who comes to newcastle

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  • […] to Habib – and he would be excellent signing for us and can play right back or center back. We had a piece on Habib yesterday on this […]

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  • LiamBirchy8

    Jun 27, 2007 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #24

    Mats Wahlstrom have you got a source about this jonsonn

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  • nightfall

    Jun 27, 2007 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #25

    james – no, he’s 36 🙂

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