With some of today’s statements from Sam Allardyce it looks like a few of the defenders we thought may be coming to Newcastle will not be arriving after all.
Let’s take a look at what Sam had to say about the possibilities of Queudrue and Heinze coming to Tyne-side.
Also we know that Habib Beye will not be arriving – and we’ll take look at what he had to say – less than a week ago – that put an end to speculation that the Senegalese International may also be arriving.
We had thought â€“ from recent reports â€“ that Queudrue was almost a certainty to end up at Newcastle and had thought that Sam would talk to Queudrue yesterday on the phone. That had been stated by his agent Dominique Six – but it looks like Six was just trying to get some interest in his client. Sam squashed that one by saying :
â€œI wouldnâ€™t say we have any interest in Franck Queudrue.â€
OK we’ll scratch Franck off the list but we thought Franck would have been a decent signing for us given he’s big and strong which is what Sam is looking for in defensive reinforcements at Newcastle.
As for Argentinian Gabriele Heinze – he has always said he wanted to join a club in the Champions League and has never mentioned Newcastle as being one of his favored clubs. Sam talked rather realistically about Heinze:
â€œHeinze – if I wanted him, I donâ€™t think he would come.
I think he would have hit sights on a greater club than this one.
â€œCertainly, if he got away from Manchester United, Iâ€™m not so sure that it wouldnâ€™t be another club somewhere else in Europe rather than in this country.
â€œIt would be nice if he did want to come and we could pursue it, but I donâ€™t think we can.â€
So we think we can now end any talk about Heinze â€“ the first thing that comes out is that Sam may not even be interested in him. We have no doubt that Heinze would improve our defense â€“ but he will just not come to Newcastle â€“ so that’s the end of this particular story.
Now the question is who is Sam really after since we also know that another recent target Habib Beye has stated that he is staying at Marseilles for the next year to see his contract out. Just for the record this is how Beye put an end to Newcastle’s hopes less than a week ago – when he told a French newspaper:
â€œI am under contract for one more year with lâ€™OM (Marseille) and I do not want to leave unless I am told to go elsewhere,â€
â€œAt the appropriate time I will talk with the leaders (of the club), but now is not the time for that.â€
â€œOn paper we will have a beautiful team, but that is only on paper,â€
â€œThe quality of the squad has improved, but that must be cemented on the pitch.
Well it’s now onto other targets – whoever they may be – in the six weeks left in the transfer window.
Comments always welcome.