Newcastle Seem to have Missed Out on Habib Beye

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 – we give it our best shot.


Habib Beye

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 – although that may now be a stretch. Anyway – win some lose some – looks like we lost out on Beye – but we need to move forward on other targets.

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11 comments so far

  • mkl

    Jul 11, 2007 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #1

    You have been writing about Sami Hyypiä for a month now, I wonder when you get his name right for the first time?!

  • Tom

    Jul 11, 2007 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #2

    He would only have been another Boumsong anyway, lets concentrate on getting defenders who are proven in the premiership instead of gambling on players with no premiership experience, and hoping they can adapt to the frenetic pace of the best league in the world immediately.
    To throw players with no premiership pedigree into matches at the beginning of the season, means possible poor results at the start of the campaign and we really need to avoid that again.
    Lets persue our interest in Wes Brown try £10m for him and Heinze, we all know we’ve got the cash. Hows about a £6m bid for Riise, or still going for Shorey or Baines? Any thoughts people?

  • CD

    Jul 11, 2007 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #3

    Before correcting someone’s spelling check your grammar, “…I wonder when you WILL get his name right for the first time?!”.

    Now the footie: If Sami was to coming to The Toon I think we’d have heard more concrete evidence by now. I hope I’m wrong though, I really rate him.

  • mkl

    Jul 11, 2007 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #4

    With Geremi and S.Taylor in our ranks now, I’d say that getting W.Brown and Heinze would be perfect pair for us. Perhaps some cover would still be needed and there might come the names of Hyypiä (experience), Hoyte (today’s news and his potential), L.Young (lots of experience with a young age), or why not the ones you said – Baines or Shorey..

    I highly doubt, though, the Man Utd, would be willing to sell Brown AND Heinze… With Pique and Evans still unproven it would be risky for them to sell two experienced and very good defenders…

  • mkl

    Jul 11, 2007 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #5

    It’s mkl, not mka. Check your spelling too before noting it about others 😉

  • mkl

    Jul 11, 2007 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #6

    Oh, about Hyypiä. As a Finn I doubt that he would be coming to Newcastle.. He has many times said (at least in Finnish interviews) that he has been Liverpool fan since a little boy and would like to end his career in Merseyside. Take away one or two seasons in his local team in Myllykoski before retiring.

  • Tom

    Jul 11, 2007 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #7

    I can probably find you lot a discussion board on spelling and grammar if you prefer?! Football page, lets talk football! TOON ARMY!

  • Cathal

    Jul 11, 2007 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #8

    pity, beye is real class!! i dont rate hyypia at all, hope he doesnt come to us, baines is not BSA type of player and heinze has said he has no interest in coming to us so it looks like we are down to shorey at left back! maybe luke young at right back! both would cost 5m and 2m respectively!

  • valle

    Jul 11, 2007 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #9

    “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”… Of those only Shorey and Young would be good buys.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jul 11, 2007 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #10

    Iv got a sneaky feeling that we havent lost out on Beye at all. I dont think sam would speed off from the training camp to go and sign a defender if it wasn’t going to happen. Even if he has said that im sure Sams persuasive powers will come into play and we will see Beye in black and white next season.

  • Chris

    Jul 11, 2007 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #11

    He also said that if he leaves it will be because his club asks him to, so my cynical head says he’s playing the game and has put this statement out to get the fans onside and make Marseille out to be the bad guys when he leaves.


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