Sam Allardyce Pursuing Marseilles Habib Beye Today

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 Mort

Chris talked to Lee Ryder today on the areas Newcastle still have to work on in the transfer window:

“I 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. “We 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.”

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.


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 ₤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 Sam’s Bolton Wanderers in the UEFA Cup. In that tie Marseilles won the second leg 2-1 at the Stade Vélodrome 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.

Comments welcome.

34 comments so far

  • steve

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #1

    …gallas at left back? that would be a handy one.

  • Pete

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #2

    From Mort:

    “we have strengthened the defense which is the area we need to work on.”

    That doesn’t sound good, does he mean that we have finished working on the defence or that we are still working on it. We need ideally 2 LB and a proper RB

  • Pete

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Maybe he feels that the “one big signing” is pretty much complete and he is just waiting for confirmation before he announces it?

  • Bigted28

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #4

    I would like to think that there is “more money available”, as we have barely spent any after the departure of England international Scott Parker. Our much maligned defence lost 4 players when Bernard, Onyewu, Bramble and Moore were released and so far, we have bought 1 defender in Rozenhal, which has replaced one of the 3 centre backs released by the club.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Pete – we have brought in Rozehnal and Gallas already and shortly Habib Beye we hope. After that we have to get at least one LB. So I think what Chris is saying is that the defense reinforcing is an ongoing thing. (i hope he means that at least).
    We will definitely need a LB – just don’t know which player he may be after. That would mean Sam will have brought in 4 good defenders – would even like to see more.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #6

    Bigted28 – we also brought in Geremi so that’s two defenders and hopefully 3 with Beye.

  • Magpie Neil

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Gallas??? He may be ready to jump ship just because Henry has left, but he wouldnt transfer to a club which doesnt play champions league football. Besides hes over rated and would demand stupid wages!

  • Chris

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Where did Gallas come into it? Can’t see him coming here but it would be amazing if he did. He doesn’t seem happy with the direction Arsenal are going in, but how do you convince him we are going somewhere.
    Beye sounds like a good player. But we’d have him ,Geremi and Nobby all competing for the same position. It’ll be very interesting to see how Big Sam will keep all his players happy but I’m sure he will.

  • jb

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #9

    i think edd means we have brought in geremi not gallas. wishfull thinking like

  • Chris

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #10

    I think someone’s getting mixed up between Gallas and Geremi!

  • The octagon

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #11

    I think you mean Geremi and not Gallas.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #12

    WHOOPS !!!!
    Wishful thinking – changed it to Geremi – sorry.

  • ex

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #13

    jees, where did gallas came from? lol

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #14

    You guys are so quick and on the ball – 6 comments before i could even change it.

  • Lee Smith

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #15

    yeah ..i think he means geremi.Who me it just feels great to be getting some new faces in the back four.Its just taken so long to do what everyone in the world knew needed doing at Newcastle.Sams come along and gon in hard on the case at last.I think we could shock a few people next year.

  • Lee Smith

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #16

    sos Ed

  • Greg B

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Didnt Gallas fall out with Chelsea because they wouldnt play him at center back, he was filling in at left back and right back wasnt he?
    Not much chance in my opinion of Gallas signing for us, anyway there are much better option for left back:
    World Class:
    Grosso – Inter
    Lahm – Bayern
    Chivu – Roma
    Emanuelson – Ajax
    Chiellini – Juventus
    Ujfalusi – Fiorentina

    My pick would be Lahm but I dont think he would come to the Toon so I’ll go for Chiellini, Italy U21’s captain and Juventus left back. Maybe he wouldnt come either but if I am right in thinking Juventus arent in Europe either are they? Or did they win the Italian cup or something? Dont really follow Itallian football.
    A firm bid to Ajax for Emanuelson would test their resolve after they told Roeder he was not for sale in January when the player seemed quite interested in the move.
    Chivu will leave Roma to the highest bidder, again very much doubt he would join us.
    Grosso, maybe if the price is right, same with Ujfalusi who has been at Fiorentina while and may see us as a good option.

  • tommyinaus

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #18

    whats this about gallas?
    why are people saying he’s signed?

  • tommyinaus

    Jul 10, 2007 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #19

    i get it now.
    thats embarassing

  • Ed Case

    Jul 10, 2007 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #20

    I like the thought of signing Beye. More proven quality. Let’s get rid of Carr though…yuck.
    I hope we sign Deco as our ‘big signing’ – though, as I boringly keep saying, Riquelme is miles better.

  • Ed Case

    Jul 10, 2007 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #21

    Sod it, let’s just sign Lionel Messi.

  • Ed Case

    Jul 10, 2007 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #22

    By the way, if we sign Beye, where would Geremi play? They are both right backs, though Geremi does play as a defensive midfielder at times. Which is also where Barton is best…
    Geremi or Beye as a central defender along side Rozenhal then? I’m confused.
    One of these will have to sit on the bench…

    And where is the left back we so desperately need?

    And while I’m on my soap box…why are we not after Babel? Riquelme? Huntelaar?

  • Cathal

    Jul 10, 2007 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #23

    grosso is gone to lyon no?? and not a chance of us getttin gallas, dont know y hes even included! love to c philip lahm at the club! not SA type of player tho!

  • Greg B

    Jul 10, 2007 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #24

    Wasnt aware Grosso had left Inter Cathal, he signed for Lyon on Sunday 🙁

  • Keep Oba

    Jul 10, 2007 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #25

    Yea Fabio Grosso signed for Lyon on a pretty cheap transfer, I think under 5 million euros….He probably wanted some good European football but I would have loved him…just seeing what he did for Italy in the world cup besides that amazing winner against Germany in the 119th minute was enough for me to take notice of him. He should be one of the best in France next year.

  • LV

    Jul 10, 2007 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #26

    gallas? no thanks. not that whinger.
    my back four would be Beye- Edmilson- Rozehnal-Bridge. When Edmilson is fit of course and Taylor would be able to learn from the more experienced CB’s playing in more home games.
    I don’t think we will get Heinze.

  • The Big P

    Jul 10, 2007 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #27

    So lets see ; we brought in Lampard, Terry and Geremi, so what do we need now????
    Apparently we are getting Cole and Carragher.

  • Obafan

    Jul 10, 2007 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #28

    Can’t wait to see the official announcement of us signing Beye at last. From the beginning I was hoping that this target would become a Magpy and now we are very close by presenting him at the club. I know that I’m a bit fast to be so sure that he will sign for us, but I’ve got a pretty good feeling about it.
    I will even speak big about this transfer: BEYE WILL BE (if he signs for us) IN THE TOP 5 OF BEST TRANSFER OF THE PREMIER LEAGUE 2007-2008!!

    I think Geremi is at his best at right midfield and to be honnest if you have to choose Geremi or Milner, Geremi is by a mile better so for me he is our right midfielder (ask Boro fans how he played there and they will all be very positive).

    My defence would be: BEYE – ROZEHNAL – EDMILSON (first TAYLOR) – LB (I don’t think Heinze or Gallas will join us). I think we should aim for Baines or Bridge. Or perhaps Baba, I knew him at Anderlecht and he really was good those days. If BS can motivate him he’ll be a hard one to fight for the LB spot.

  • nightfall

    Jul 10, 2007 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #29

    edmilson? no thank you…he’s backup player for barca and brazil…and brazil has shitty defenders…

  • Javier Boro Fan

    Jul 10, 2007 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #30

    Geremi is the best signing the geordies have made. trust me i watched him at the boro and he was amazing. Chelsea might have wrecked him a bit but if sam gets the best of him you will see the madrid class player that we seen. Being from Spain im promising that if allardyce gets back the old albert luque your promised something special. Who knows if that will happen though.

  • Andy T

    Jul 10, 2007 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #31

    Aye P –
    Apparently Carra has decided that by giving up internationals he can extend his career – and by moving to Newcastle he can extend it even more because they’ll only play half as many games as Liverpool next season – That’s a whole extra season in the tank! in the bag!

  • Andy T

    Jul 10, 2007 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #32

    :o) How P,
    If your gonna pick eleven internationals – dont make them all English – even Newcastle have won more trophy’s than England since 1967

  • will

    Jul 11, 2007 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #33

    “we have strengthened the defense which is the area we need to work on.”

    Chris Mort has been in football for just a few days and it shows. He’d be well advised to refer footballing questions to Sam Allardyce.

  • Bigted28

    Jul 12, 2007 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #34

    Is it me, or did nobody else see Geremi playing at RB for Chelsea last season? The guy can play, just not as a full back. Defensively, he is poor. He is a good utility/backup player in my eyes, nothing more.


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