With things at the Newcastle Board-Room level having been sorted out - increased focus will now be given to the playing side – and getting new players into Newcastle as soon as possible and also building up Allardyce’s back-room staff.
Detailed discussions were held yesterday on Sam’s recruitment plans and yesterday’s developments will enable Allardyce to press ahead, with the additional finances available – only vastly improving our prospects in the transfer market.
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Having completed the Â£2.7M signing of David Rozehnal from Paris Saint-Germain on a four-year contract, it is expected that the Czech will be unveiled sometime today. Allardyce will now turn his attention to luring Habib Beye, the Senegal defender, from Marseilles for Â£2M. He will be getting help from Freddy Shepherd and Chris Mort â€“ and it seems that Shepherd’s role now is to essentially help Allardyce bring in the players he has identified over the next couple of months. After that Freddy’s long tenure at Newcastle looks to be over.
Beye, 29, can play either at center half or right back and would add experience and expertise to a defense that has already lost Titus Bramble, Craig Moore, Olivier Bernard, Pavel Srnicek and Oguchi Onyewu this summer. As we reported yesterday Allardyce also hopes to get Sami Hyypia from Liverpool to add experience to his defensive squad.
Allardyce is expected to quickly return to France as he attempts to strike a deal for Beye â€“ who has been a long term target – and Sam has already received permission to make an approach for the Marseilles captain. It is also obvious – with the extra funds available – that Sam’s transfer net will have increased significantly – with more expensive players now within his grasp. We have to assume this was a big part of the discussions at yesterday’s board meeting.
Sam is also ready to take the squad on a pre-season training camp to Austria next week and is said to be keen to start spending his transfer funds as soon as possible.
Go for it Sam!
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