The Journal is reporting today that Sam Allardyce left Newcastle’s training camp in Stegersbach, Austria suddenly on Sunday to meet personally with a defensive target and try to persuade the player to join Newcastle United.
In his report Luke Edwards does not mention who the player is â€“ or which country he currently plays in – but Sam is hoping to sign the defender this week.
Allardyce has been reported to be working feverishly during the training camp to bring a bunch of new players to Newcastle and has been on his cell phone most of the time â€“ while still preparing and conducting the training sessions with the Newcastle players.
We know Sam gets paid around â‚¤3M/year bit it’s still nice to see a guy like Sam driven by his ambition (and that of Newcastle) and he seems to have simply worked his socks off for the Newcastle cause since he arrived. Sam of course has already lured Joey Barton, Geremi, David Rozehnal and Mark Viduka to St Jamesâ€™ Park for a net figure of only â‚¤1.5M, but he knows â€“ as do the fans â€“ that more defensive reinforcements are necessary. Sam is said to have met with the player personally yesterday to conduct the negotiations and he hopes to sign the player within days.
Newcastle’s new manager, has continued his efforts in the transfer market while he has conducted the training camp and held one-on-one talks with most of the players. The potential new signing, thought to be a central defender, is expected to be confirmed as a United player in the next 48 hours following Allardyceâ€™s personal efforts to meet with him and persuade him to join the club.
We have no idea who this player is â€“ but the following defenders have been targeted by Sam in the past â€“ Habib Beye of Marseilles, Brede Hangeland of FC Copenhagen, Rod Fanni of Nice and Edmilson of Barcelona who we think will join in January. It could also be none of these – but the target is rumored to be a central defender and high profile.
Comments welcome – who do you think it is?