Allardyce Interested In Geremi – Habib Beye Also Pursued

Since the pivotal Newcastle Board Meeting on Monday Newcastle have moved quickly on some of their defensive targets – and the news continues to look good that we will get Chelsea’s Geremi on a free transfer.



The Cameroon star was reported to be on Tyneside to complete a free transfer – and we can only assume things are looking good – so that this transfer could be announced shortly in the next day or so. However – Allardyce poured some cold water on this news this morning when he talked to Sky Sports about Geremi.
This is what Sam had to say:

“Geremi is something we would like to pursue, but many other clubs in the Premier League will be doing exactly the same thing as Newcastle.
“Hopefully we can persuade him – if we get the opportunity – to join this football club and not the others who will be chasing him as well as us.
“It is a long way from done, but there is an interest there and hopefully we can progress it over the next few days.”

So it looks like it is still a few days off but presumably Sam will be hoping the deal can be done quickly so that Geremi can join the squad next week.  28 year old Geremi is a good utility player, stands 5’9″ tall, and can play full back on either flank and would be an excellent capture for Newcastle.

The other player Newcastle are said to be pursuing is Habib Beye, the 6′ Senegal defender, from Marseilles for £2M. Sam has already been given permission by Marseilles to talk to the player and if we move quickly on this one too (and it looks like we are) then Habib could also be a Newcastle player shortly. Beye is comfortable at either center back or right back. However Habib is said to be on vacation right now – so not sure when he returns.

The arrival of Beye and Geremi will place some question marks over the futures of Carr and Babayaro at the club. Allardcye has already indicated he is willing to let Babayaro go. However, Sam is said to want to keep Carr – but Stephen may be unwilling to stay at Newcastle to play a back-up role at the club. Celtic have said to have shown an interest in Stephen – and that would be a good move for him.

Also there is news being reported this morning that David Rozehnal will sign for Newcastle today – we have no idea whay this has been held up – but in any case it looks like he is signing.

Comments always welcomed.

10 comments so far

  • DZ Adams

    Jun 28, 2007 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #1

    I’ve got every faith in Big Sam,but didn’t he have problems at Bolton with all of his African players due to the African Nations cup?

  • John Smith

    Jun 28, 2007 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #2

    In Geremi you are getting a just above average player, but he is very loyal to the clubs he plays for. With Chelsea he was sometimes very good but others
    he just wasn’t the same player. All I can say is that the last two Chelsea players you got have proven to be ordinary buys Duffy who was great in his first two seasons with Chelsea but became increasingly injured. It was felt that these injuries have damaged him badly as a player. Scot Parker who was Charltons captain before he went to Chelsea and since with you also your captain, so as I have read, had a poor season with you and his own crowd barracking him and now I believe with West Ham. I was very surprised at that because he was very good with Chelsea but couldn’t take the being only a squad player. I am sure you will miss him but it is good for the Hammers as I think they have a very good signing. Here is wishing Newcastle a good season. Sam will give some of your players a good kick up the backside if they don’t perform.

  • LiamBirchy8

    Jun 28, 2007 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #3

    both good signings, we should maybe also sign luke young for 3m though

  • Ross G

    Jun 28, 2007 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #4

    The reason the Rozehnal transfer hasnt been confirmed is because Sam wants to announce both Rozehnal and Geremi’s transfers together and even Beye too if they can wrap it up soon. I also expect to see either Bent or Defoe at the start of the season, Im almost certain Owen or Martin will go and these will be the replacements if not then Bellamy will return

  • Soren

    Jun 28, 2007 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #5

    It would be grand, if they were to announce Rozehnal, Geremi and Beye at the same time. All three of them would be great for Newcastle.

  • nightfall

    Jun 28, 2007 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #6

    i just read about drenthe…17 clubs from eng, ita, spa made an offer for him… he said he doesn’t care where he goes as long as the club he’s headed in plays a major role in the league…

  • Steve B

    Jun 28, 2007 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Sam Allardyce has said that the deal for Geremi is still a long way off from being completed and sounds like he hasn’t even had chance to discuss the transfer with him yet!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 28, 2007 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #8

    I’ve updated the story based on Sam’s comments this morning to Sky Sports – so it’s still days away – and yes – he hasn’t even talked to Geremi yet. But maybe Sam could still tie up a deal before training starts next week and the squad jets off to Austria.

  • magpie07

    Jun 28, 2007 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #9

    magpie07 // Jun 20, 2007 at 11:01

    “He is a regular starter for Senegal having appeared 10 times scoring a single goal.” = /

    only starting 10 games doesn’t constitute to a regular starter seeings he has played 259 club games across 7 / 8 seasons. I would rather look at Luke young or even Geremi who played a lot of last season a right back for Chelsea, and seems on the way out and back to the smoggies!

    BIG SAM IS STEALING MY IDEAS :O (geremi bit)

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 28, 2007 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #10

    magpie07 – hey maybe Sam reads this web site 😀


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