Newcastle To Vastly Increase Focus on Transfer Targets

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.


Sam: “£50M – What I’ve Always Dreamed Of!”

Having completed the £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 £2M. He will be getting help from Freddy Shepherd and Chris Mort – 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 – 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!

Comments on this article very welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Fredrik

    Jun 27, 2007 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #1

    Why haven`t Rozehnal been presented as a Newcastle-player yet ?
    When will we see him in a Newcastle shirt? Today? This is taking a loooong time.


    Jun 27, 2007 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #2

    50M is still a lot of money despite increasing prices. we can get some serious stars but I hope Sam will still be looking for those who want to play with heart and work hard not some lazy guys to pick their wages. the best would be if we get a few entertainers with the will to work hard and full of commitment. winning games is one thing but I’ve been missing the style of Keegan’s side from the 90’s.

  • kev

    Jun 27, 2007 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Lets just hope players find a club like Newcastle attractive again, our aim should be to advertise our goals to all the other leagues and make superstar targets realise just what our intentions are.

  • john75

    Jun 27, 2007 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #4

    As was mentioned several weeks ago, now that the takeover is in the final stages and the board is sorted out, our proper transfer activity can begin. Will inevitably be linked with every single player in the world over the next month or so and I hope that Sam keeps his cards close to his chest and springs a few nice surprises on us, especially top quality proven defenders. If Owen comes out and clears the air over his future soon as well, things can really begin to get going. Let the good times role!

  • Lull

    Jun 27, 2007 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #5

    £50 million?! 😀

  • Robert-from Serbia

    Jun 27, 2007 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #6

    wowowowow….50 mil?! 🙂 thats nice…i would bring Wayne Bridge,Drenthe,Vidic,and Richards….we have the money 🙂

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 27, 2007 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #7

    Fredrik – Rozehnal is expected to be introduced today.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 27, 2007 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #8

    Just a clarification – while some may argue with whether it’s 50M or something less – let’s be clear that Sam has a lot of money to invest and with the 3 players he has so far brought in it has cost us a net of 1.6M – since we got 7M for Parker.
    If he can get 3 good players in for 1.8M what can he bring in with 50M or 40M?

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 27, 2007 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #9

    john75 – good comment – cannot imagine Owen wanting to leave – he can be part of the real revival at Newcastle.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 27, 2007 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #10

    john75 – and Ashley can even afford Michaels’ wages. 😀

  • Adam

    Jun 27, 2007 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #11

    50M though?! Let’s say we get Beye and Geremi for a combined total of 2 or 3 million…..we still need a left-back and another centre-back BUT I don’t quite see where we need big money players, really. I’d rather B.S just used his expertise to get the very best out of less costly players and to get the team/squad fit and firing. We are going to have to ask some players to be patient next season, even as things are. Especially if Sam chooses to play 4-3-3 for some games. Nzogbia, Milner, Dyer etc will have to be patient to sit on the bench for some games.
    If we really are going to spend big, maybe it should be on classy young players as Man Utd have just done?
    Anyway, it’ll be exciting to see what happens.
    By the way, I’d be prepared to pay 3 million for Sol Campbell. With a strong fitness programme he could be good for another 3 years and woiuld be well worth it!

  • Andy T

    Jun 27, 2007 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #12

    Given the way Sam wants to run things I wouldn’t be at all surprised if a fair chunk of this years cash went on back room staff instead of players.

  • john75

    Jun 27, 2007 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #13

    Apparently, Geremi on a free! Another very good piece of business. BSA keeps surprising us

  • DZ Adams

    Jun 27, 2007 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #14

    Does that mean 59 million if Owen goes???????

  • DZ Adams

    Jun 27, 2007 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #15

    Ed,is Roeder going back to manage the young uns?

  • Aaron D

    Jun 27, 2007 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #16

    What i would like to see happen. Obviously would like Owen to stay but keep him for another season will cost us £6m in wages and probably only sell him for £5m.

    Player Postion Cost Outstanding
    Rozehnal CD 2.7 47.3
    Geremi RB/MR 0 47.3
    Beye RB/CB 2 45.3
    Sagna RB 6 39.3
    Drenthe LB/LM 4 35.3
    Baines LB 5 30.3
    Campbell CD 1.5 28.8
    Huntelaar FC 14 14.8
    Owen FC -9 23.8
    VD Vaart AMC 8 15.8
    Babel AML/FC 8 7.8
    Babayaro DL -1 8.8
    Carr DC -1.5 10.3
    Dyer AMC -8 18.3

    That leaves £18.3m for January changes and youth investment. With these signings we will be well covered in all postions.
    I like Dyer but there is much more reilable players out Van Der Vaart ideal replacement. Carr and Babayaro have to go, championship players.

  • Joe

    Jun 27, 2007 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #17

    I agree with Aaron D . Van der Vaart would be a good signing. He’d be available for around 15 million. Also this may sound rediculous to some but Dimitar Berbtov claimed to support Newcastle… Why not go for him? he have the money 😀

  • Outlaw

    Jun 27, 2007 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #18

    Liverpool are pursuing Torres. I think we should stick a bid in.

  • Tony_D

    Jun 28, 2007 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #19

    Although we may have funds it doesn’t mean we can buy who we want, there will be a lot of top players that won’t sign for us simply because they want to play for a team that has qualified for european competitions.


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