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 â€“ 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.Â 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 Â£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 â€“ 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 â€“ 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.
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