Sam Allardyce spoke to the Newcastle United official site last night and while it wasn’t exactly what fans have been waiting for over the last three weeks it was nevertheless very close to it.
Sam says he is close to bringing in one or two new players in the near future.
One player we believe could be coming is 6′ 1â€ Serbian Ivica Dragutinovic of Seville who can play center back or left back â€“ that sounds like a player we need.
We’re not sure who the other player is but we think it could be Abdoulaye Faye from Bolton. Faye can play at center back or midfield.
Sam Allardyce – transfer breakthrough in near future
We were also linked yesterday with Alan Smith of Manchester United but we believe Sam will only make that deal if he sells Dyer. Newcastle have been quoted (by a Tottenham spokeman) as asking Â£8M for Dyer – which they consider way too much for the player.
Here’s what Sam told the Newcastle web site last night:
“We haven’t quite finished one off yet and I’m very confident that in the near future we’ll be picking up one or two players,”
“From top to bottom we are all out trying to secure players.
“It’s a difficult market to work in and we don’t want to panic, we want to make sure that when a player comes in he’s going to be extremely good.â€
“The defenders here have done exceptionally well in the last two games, but that is the area we are concentrating.â€
“I hope the chase doesn’t go on until the end of August but as long as we get them in that’s the most important thing.”
One player Newcastle are being linked with – by Sky Sports – is 31 year-old Serbian Ivica Dragutinovic. The Serbian center back (or left back) is highly regarded by his club but nevertheless wants to move to the Premier League. Since Ivaca has only one year left on his contract a move would appear likely.
Dragutinovic, was initially linked with a move to Manchester City earlier this month – but now Newcastle are set to battle City for his signature and reports last night suggest Newcastle have a delegation already in Seville trying to close the deal.
Ivica DragutinoviÄ‡ was born November 13, 1975 in Prijepolje, Serbia, Yugoslavia and plays for Spanish La Liga side, Sevilla F.C. He is nicknamed Drago.
He began his career at Serbian side FK Borac ÄŒaÄak (50 appearances â€“ 2 goals) before heading to Belgium’s Jupiler League to join K.A.A. Gent (95 appearances â€“ 12 goals). He left Gent but stayed in Belgium, signing for Standard LiÃ¨ge in 2000 for whom he was a great success and played over 200 games for them and scored 8 goals. In the Summer of 2005 he moved to Sevilla FC for whom he has played 53 times scoring 2 goals.
DragutinoviÄ‡ has played 33 times for Serbia and Montenegro and was part of their Famous Four defense, which conceded only one goal during qualifying for the 2006 World Cup. The other members of the famous four were Goran Gavra of Dynamo Kiev, Manchester United’s Nemanja VidiÄ‡, and Mladen KrstajiÄ‡ of Schalke 04. Drago holds a Belgian passport, so is not included in the three non-EU player quota of La Liga.
This could be exactly what the Newcastle fans have been waiting for – Drago looks a typical Sam Allardyce player and while he has no Premiership experience he has been round the block a few times – which is the type of player Sam has been looking for.
We’re not sure who the other player is but it may well be Bolton’s Abdoulaye Faye. The 6′ 1″ midfielder turned defender has played well at Bolton for two seasons and may want to join his former manager at Newcastle. Faye was initially signed on loan from Lens in July 2005 but impressed Allardyce during his early days at the Reebok Stadium and immediately found his feet in the Barclays Premiership.
Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye (born February 26, 1978 in Dakar) is Senegalese and plays as a defensive midfielder or center-back for Bolton Wanderers. Faye began his career at Senegalese club ASEC Ndiambour (59 appearances – 8 goals) before leaving to go to Jeanne d’Arc in Senegal (32 appearances – 4 goals).
He then went on to join Lens in July 2002 for whom he played 35 times. During his time at Lens he went on loan for a year to Istres for whom he played 28 times. Since joining Bolton in 2005 he has played 59 times scoring 3 goals. Faye has made six appearances for Senegal, scoring one goal. Last season Faye operated almost exclusively as a central defender following the departures of Bruno N’Gotty and Radhi Jaidi to Birmingham City. Sam paid Lens Â£750K for him in 2005. If it is Faye (fee around Â£2M) he would be a player that has already shown he can play in the Premiership.
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