Deputy Chairman Chris Mort has again talked to Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle today and certainly seems to be in good close contact with Sam on the transfer front..
Chris discussed the obvious need for us to further strengthen the defense before the transfer window is over at the end of August.
It also looks looks like the mystery defender Sam is in talks with – that was reported earlier today – is Habib Beye of Marseilles. We’ve been after Habib for some time now – and he would be another excellent signing by Sam.
Chris talked to Lee Ryder today on the areas Newcastle still have to work on in the transfer window:
â€œI think Sam felt that we needed established players and we have strengthened the defense which is the area we need to work on.
The ideal club will continue to develop and work in the transfer market. â€œWe have already brought in four big players and there is more money available.
Sam and I have spoke about areas we will improve which is what we will try to do.â€
There are late reports in the Evening Chronicle that Sam is today believed to be in talks with French giants Marseilles in a bid to sign their skipper Habib Beye.
The Paris-born player is unsettled in France and Allardyce is confident of being able to convince him to join his revolution at Newcastle. We have followed the potential signing of Beye for a while now – and we think he will be a great addition the squad if we can get him. He has lots of experience in European competition for Marseilles. We believe the transfer fee will be in the region of â‚¤2M for the 6’0″ Senegalese which would be another great buy for Allardyce and Newcastle.
Here is some information on the playing career of Habib Beye.
Habib Beye was born in Paris, is Senegalese and has played 125 times for Marseilles scoring 4 goals. He joined Marseilles in 2003 from RC Strasbourg – where he played 134 games scoring 8 goals and was a firm crowd favorite. He is rated a very accomplished defender in French football and stands 6′ tall and prefers to play at right back – although he can also play at center-back.
Beye played in both the UEFA Cup games against Newcastle in 2004 when Marseilles went through thanks to two superb goals from striker Didier Drogba in Marseilles after the first leg at Newcastle had been tied 0-0. The season before last he also played both legs against Samâ€™s Bolton Wanderers in the UEFA Cup. In that tie Marseilles won the second leg 2-1 at the Stade VÃ©lodrome after drawing the first leg 0-0 at Bolton. They were defeated 1-0 in the final that year by Sevilla.
We think Beye could come in at right back and we could have a back four of Beye – Taylor – Rozehnal – Gallas. That would be a very strong and experienced back four for us next season – and we still expect Sam to be signing a top class left back.