Sky Sports is reporting that Habib Beye has insisted he wants to stay at Marseilles, despite strong interest from Newcastle.
The 29-year-old, who can play at right-back or center-half, is one of the best defenders in the French League over recent seasons – and Sam Allardyce is known to have been tracking him for a while.
But it appears that Sam’s pursuit of Beye will fall short and if Beye doesn’t want to come to Newcastle so be it â€“ we give it our best shot.
This is what Habib Beye had to say to La Provence today:
“I am under contract for one more year with l’OM and I do not want to leave unless I am told to go elsewhere,” “At the appropriate time I will talk with the leaders, but now is not the time for that topic.”
The quality of the squad has improved, but that must be cemented on the pitch,” “The new players have shown their qualities at their previous club, and it is now with them to show it here.
On paper with have a beautiful team, but that is only on paper.
[Bolo] Zenden is a player of international fame and the signature of [Djibril] Cisse is great news.” “We finished second in the championship and were finalists in the Coupe de France, and logically we want to improve year on year,”
Now Sam has to move on to other defensive targets who may be available and forget about Beye. Other defensive targets we have been linked to include Brede Hangeland of FC Copenhagen, Rod Fanni of Nice, Luke Young of Charlton, Nicky Shorey of Reading, Franck Queudrue of Fulham and Sammi Hyypia of Liverpool. There has also been talk of us going after Leighton Baines of Wigan, Gabriele Heinze of Manchester United and even Wayne Bridge of Chelsea.
We would still hope to sign a defender before the end of the week â€“ although that may now be a stretch. Anyway â€“ win some lose some â€“ looks like we lost out on Beye â€“ but we need to move forward on other targets.
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