Sam Pleased With Transfers and More on the Way


Sam Allardyce again talked to Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle today about what has transpired so far on the transfer front and seems happy with what he has achieved so far in bringing new faces to Newcastle.

We think what Sam says (plus what Chris Mort says) is probably the closest we’ll get to what’s really happening at the club – so we’ll review what Sam has said this morning – and forge some conclusions on what’s happening.

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Sam Allardyce

Sam told Lee Ryder today:

“I still think that when you are targeting players like Mark Viduka, Joey Barton and David Rozehnal you have to stave off a lot more competition than we did with the sort of players I was bringing in at Bolton.“That makes it hugely difficult. “You have got to do a lot of selling of yourself and the football club in terms of what you’re trying to achieve.

“I think we’ve done that extremely well given the sort of competition we were up against for all three players.”

The two that we seem to have missed out on were Steve Sidwell and Tal Ben Haim – who would have been terrific fee transfers for us – but we were pipped by Chelsea – who let’s face it have done quite well these last few seasons 😀

Sam went on about the two players we missed out on:

“The one particular disappointment was we couldn’t stave off Chelsea with Tal Ben Haim – that’s the size of the competition we’ve come across. “We couldn’t quite persuade Steve Sidwell to sign either, and he went to Chelsea.“We’ve had some disappointments, but I think the three signings we’ve made in a short space of time have been massive moves forward for the football club.”

Well we think Sam’s done very well so far and we hope there are more players to come in.

We think we have almost tied up the deal for Barcelona’s Edmilson – who will join us on January 1st when he’ll be 100% fit. That’s an excellent deal by Sam – because as we’ve said it will give us some flexibility on his injury should it not heal well. It also means we will not start paying for him until he can play for the team and it also means that Sam can negotiate an even better fee because Edmilson will be joining us a short 6 months before his contract runs out at Barcelona. To us that’s brilliant negotiating by Newcastle.

In his report today Lee points out that Fulham left back Franck Queudrue – who we featured today in one of our Newcastle Transfer Update articles – believes the deal is still fairly premature, as other targets on Sam’s shortlist are higher priority.

From a defensive viewpoint we hope those deals involve Habib Beye (₤2M), Brede Hangeland (₤2M), Nicky Shorey (₤5M) and even Wayne Bridge (₤5M) – whose name is resurfacing as a potential Newcastle target. These types of players would vastly improve Newcastle’s defense for next season – with enough backup players in place to ensure injury doesn’t ravage the team (as it did the last two years) while also creating good competition for places.

Roll on August 11th.

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14 comments so far

  • Aussie geordie

    Jul 6, 2007 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Pay whatever it takes to get bridge!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Back four done with him

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  • Tom Jenkins

    Jul 6, 2007 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #2

    Bring on next season, few more signings who knows, the way arsenal are selling y not fouth spot

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  • Chris

    Jul 6, 2007 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #3

    Bridge would be an amazing signing, but I can’t see Chelsea parting with him now. We could and should have went for him when he was struggling to get in the team.

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  • James

    Jul 6, 2007 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #4

    Bridge to get into the england squad needs first team football each week and we could give him or baines ,shorey or barry will take his LB spot ,If he doesnt move we all know why he is staying at chelsea £££££££££

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  • Newckie

    Jul 6, 2007 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #5

    Ashley will sanction (within the confides of common sense) and has the money to spalsh the cash for the right combination.

    Mort for a bean counter is obviously caught up with the geordie millstream of religion called NUFC. He is ceartainly a tad different than your normal bean counter in that he is obviously following a directive of investment simplistics that you have to “speculate to accumualte”…bring it on!

    A new era for the toon!

    It’s been a lomg time (KK days) that I have felt we just might wake up the mighty toon pheonix out of those ashes.

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  • Daveyboy the mag

    Jul 6, 2007 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Think your right about waybe bridge being in it just for the money, but If je came to us it would it not be the same?? I would much rather see sorey or barry, people who battle abd fight for there places and show some real passion as there clubs!

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  • rich

    Jul 6, 2007 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #7

    FRANK QUEDREU 2 NEWCASTLE AVIN A LAUGH NO WHERE NEAR GD ENOUGH 4 THE TOON GET HABIB BEYE IN AT LEFT BACK N FORGET BRIDGE HE’S ONLY IN IT 4 THE MONEY DOD’T NEED PLAYERS LIKE DAT PLUS HE’S 2 OVERATED AS IT IS IN MY OPINION HE’S 2 SLOW N FAR 2 OVERWEIGHT PLAYER AS FAR AS IM CONCERENED

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  • chris

    Jul 6, 2007 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #8

    rich, baye is a right back..

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  • mikeygd

    Jul 6, 2007 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #9

    Viduka

    Martins Owen

    Dyer

    Baines Geremi

    Edmilson

    Bridge Taylor Beye

    Given

    Harper
    Gudjohnson
    Barton
    Rozendhal
    Duff
    Solano
    Milner
    Carr
    Ameobi
    Ramage
    N’zogbia
    Emre

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  • Ged

    Jul 6, 2007 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #10

    2 full backs (Baye & Shorey/Bridge) and Cutis Davies will do very nicely!…….as long as noone triggers the release clauses for the two midgets up front, I think we’ll do ok ( can’t be worse than last season???)

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  • gboy

    Jul 6, 2007 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #11

    why is rich shouting????

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  • Nicci

    Jul 6, 2007 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #12

    Im sure Bridge would BRIDGE the gap at the back. As would Beye. I’m just content to wait and see who Sam brings in as i’m sure it will be the right choice. I’m not doing any shouting about a top 6 or top 4 spot. i will just wait and see. Other clubs like Man Utd and Liverpool are also making some very good signings. it’s certainly looking like a very good season lies ahead. i can’t wait.

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  • Daniel

    Jul 7, 2007 at 5:18 AM

    Comment #13

    I am quite sure Jose will not let Bridge go. So i would rather concerntrate on getting Silvestre or O’Shea to cover our LB position. Sign Frank from Fulham as well as backup. At right back, I doubt Beye’s ability since we already had so many flop from french players! Thus, i would prefer Sam moves for Wes Brown. I believe 8 millions would wrap up the deal for both Utd players.

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  • Beastie

    Jul 7, 2007 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #14

    cant bleave people still want ameobi in the squad! he is a joke! lefts backs for the toon you have to look at bridge, barry, baines my god a wish a could get bernard fit and ad have him bk

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