The Evening Chronicle is reporting that Newcastle United have clinched the signing of Geremi from Chelsea. We understand the fee is â‚¤2M – but it is now clear that it is a signing on fee paid to Geremi – presumably to ward off the competition. That’s a lot of money!
Whereas we would have been wary if this news had come from the Mirror, Sun or other non-reliable source – we trust Lee Ryder so think this is the real deal.
Lee is reporting the player has passed a medical at Newcastle and therefore will join fellow new boys Mark Viduka, Joey Barton and David Rozehnal at St James’ Park next season – and will be ready to start training this week with the Newcastle squad.
The competition for Geremi was with Aston Villa but it looks like Allardyce has moved quickly to sign the Cameroon International – we feel this is another top signing by Big Sam and good news to start the week off. This is what Sam had to say just last week on the Geremi situation:
“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.”
The previous news was that Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner was jetting in from the USA to assist Martin O’Neill to wrap up a couple of signings – and Geremi was definitely one of their targets. Geremi’s contract ran out on Saturday and he was then a free agent.
We said on Saturday it was a good way to judge the attractiveness of Newcastle under Ashley and Allardyce â€“ to see which club Geremi finally chose – and at that time we said we were in with a good chance. It looks we have won the race and Geremi is another good defender and good buy at â‚¤2M (signing on fee – wow) – that Allardyce has signed.
Some playing information on the Cameroon International from Saturday’s piece:
Geremi was part of the gold medal-winning Cameroon team at the 2000 Summer Olympics and also represented Cameroon at the 2002 World Cup and the 2004 and 2006 African Nations Cups.
Prior to joining Chelsea in 2003, GÃ©rÃ©mi played for Cerro PorteÃ±o 6 games 0 goals), Genclerbirligi (57 games 9 goals), Real Madrid (45 games 0 goals), and Middlesbrough (on loan â€“ 33 games 7 goals). He has played over 70 times for Chelsea and scored 4 goals.
He was Middlesbrough’s player of the season for 2002-03 and then in 2003, Geremi was taken to Chelsea by then Blues manager Claudio Ranieri after Chelsea agreed a â‚¤6M fee with Real Madrid. He will be 29 years old in December and has represented his country Cameroon 60 times scoring 6 goals – and made his debut for them in 1996 at the age of 17.
He will be an excellent acquisition for Newcastle United’s squad and we see that Sam’s persuasive powers have won the day for us – again.
Comments welcome – as usual.