Newcastle Close To Two Signings – Dragutinovic and Faye?


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′ 1” Serbian Ivica Dragutinovic of Seville who can play center back or left back – 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.

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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 £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.”

“The defenders here have done exceptionally well in the last two games, but that is the area we are concentrating.”

“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.

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Ivica Dragutinović 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 ÄŒačak (50 appearances – 2 goals) before heading to Belgium’s Jupiler League to join K.A.A. Gent (95 appearances – 12 goals). He left Gent but stayed in Belgium, signing for Standard Liège 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.

Dragutinović 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 Vidić, and Mladen Krstajić 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.

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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 £750K for him in 2005. If it is Faye (fee around £2M) he would be a player that has already shown he can play in the Premiership.

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29 comments so far

  • Stephen

    Aug 1, 2007 at 3:02 AM

    Comment #1

    They be 2 good signings.Really worried about whats going on at the club really looks like there aint much cash there big sam never waits in the market so other people take his targets.We have looked good in pre season but we are short of numbers we need quailty at the back not squad players and thats going to cost ya with the inflated prices.

    I feel sorry for big sam he probably thought he would get to spend alot of money he has done so well over the years with a short budget but thats why he left bolton to get a club with more ambtion.well at the moment sounds to me that Mike Ashley is just looking for profit and aint tryng to make us a force.People talk about the debt so what man city have more than us and they have alreadhy splashed 15 million we have only spent 1.7 million if you include the parker sale.

    Rreally dont get it we are a big club with a billionaire and derby county are spending more than us omething seriously wrong at the club

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  • Stephen Conway

    Aug 1, 2007 at 5:11 AM

    Comment #2

    So, where is this promise of great things to come from our new Newcastle Board. I try not to take too much from the media, and filter it myself. However, the lack of transfer activity and the murmurings from Our Allardyce do seem to confirm something. If Ashley is only in it for the money then he can politely, go back where he came from. If not, then let us see some money, or all our support will be for nothing. Another low league position will see our players move on. Leeds here we come. Regarding the two defenders mentioned, I think they are exactly the type of player we need. Not Prima Donnas, just no nonsense proven players. Big Sam will get the best out of our squad, thats for sure, and after all, that is what football is all about, teamplay.

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  • Phil

    Aug 1, 2007 at 5:31 AM

    Comment #3

    They need to they have a championship squad! We just need two or three additions to an excellent premiership squad. They’ll be here in good time!

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  • Aussie Toon

    Aug 1, 2007 at 6:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Agree with Stephen…..West Ham targeting Shorey if Sam had the money we would already have him. Sam is having to play catch-up sell players to generate money and settle for a 31 year old defender (as above). M Ashley shares are taking a hammering and i hope he realises he will have to spend money to make money. To Phil in Another week all of Sams initial targets will be gone. SAM NEEDS MONEY NOW 🙂

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  • Edd Case

    Aug 1, 2007 at 6:17 AM

    Comment #5

    I said we’d sign Faye the other day and I got well slated for it.

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  • Coolsmurf

    Aug 1, 2007 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #6

    just get someone in b4 the transfer window. we are desperately short of cover now and even worst if we have a injury crisis again which isn’t new…

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  • Nathan

    Aug 1, 2007 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #7

    I like Dragutinovic, he’s a good defender

    but Faye, he is one of the players that are the reason people hate Bolton, scummy, make fouls and play long balls, NOT the kind of player we want at Newcastle, I truly hope it is just speculation.

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  • kieran

    Aug 1, 2007 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #8

    i said that we would sign Dragutinovic a coupleof days ago and got accussed of spreading rumours..

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  • joe

    Aug 1, 2007 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #9

    Smith will sign by Thursday. Other 2 by the weekend i reckon. All we need is a LB to be ready for the Bolton game. The squad would be fine for the first 4 or 5 games. It just isn’t big enough for a whole season. Sam will get the additions he needs by 31st August though. If we get a LB then we can stop panicking and he can get the right people in before the deadline. With that in mind we are a top 6 team. Hopefully a top 6 squad which is different again.

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  • Dave

    Aug 1, 2007 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #10

    Ed – Everyone go here! http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/f/fulham/6924296.stm
    it looks like we’re losing N’Zogbia! 🙁

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  • Dave

    Aug 1, 2007 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #11

    Sorry most of you got that yesterday!

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  • Rich

    Aug 1, 2007 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #12

    guys you need to stop believing everything the press has to say about us having no money and zog’s leaving etc… if we had no money Sam wouldnt be going on about us being close to signing new players he would be complaining we didnt have enough money to compte… fact of the matter is Shorey is very young, only had 1 season in the prem isnt exactly the experienced stalwart BSA is looking for, the same goes for Baines…especially the money wigan & reading are looking for around £7mil.

    It looks to me that the problem is the lack of quality prem defenders available, i think youll se Sam turn to these older experienced players for the time being, to tide us over until solid experienced prem defenders become available.

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  • Rich

    Aug 1, 2007 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #13

    @ED HARRISON –

    Do you know anyone who was at the talk in with BSA at Shearers last night???? im dying to know what was said/asked…. im hoping youll have a story posted soon!!!

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  • michael

    Aug 1, 2007 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #14

    wrong! it’s niether i’ll bet.
    I reckon it’s Silvestre who took some convincing after JB bet up his best friend.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 1, 2007 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #15

    Rich yes – I can get something for you
    There’s a good report on newcastle-online maybe i can get something together also – but probabl;y just go over the highlights – this report is excellent.
    http://www.newcastle-online.com/2007/07/31/allardyce-talk-in-a-summery/

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 1, 2007 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #16

    Rich – he was very upbeat – and of course down to earth – i would have just loved to have been there.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 1, 2007 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #17

    kieran – we hope you are (were) right ! 😀
    2 defenders like these two – no nonsense big defenders should lift the mood on Tyneside.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 1, 2007 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #18

    michael – could be – but we thought Silvestre had turned us down again (?)

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 1, 2007 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #19

    joe – good positive comment – something good is doing to happen before the weekend that seems for sure.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 1, 2007 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #20

    We just cannot believe Sam would let N’Zogbia go after his performances in pre season – surely not – Charles could be a big star for us. Don’t believe it.

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  • Tom Cairns

    Aug 1, 2007 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #21

    This is exactly the kind of news needed after all the negativity around yesterday, man i thought some people were on the brink of losing it.

    Two no nonsense solid defenders with experience is exactly what our defence needs. The shoreys and baines’s may seem more popular transfers but as some people on here have mentioned they havent got that much experience and right now the main thing we need is reliablilty.

    I really hope theyre the ones we’re after, makes the squad look so much better, doesnt hurt that theyre both versatile aswell.

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  • Dave

    Aug 1, 2007 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #22

    Ed – I hope you are right re Zog.

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  • Neil A H

    Aug 1, 2007 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #23

    I don’t think it is a lack of funds, I think it is a lack of European football next year that is keeping away Sam’s targets. Sam did not deny interest in Alan Smith when asked point blank yesterday. If we were short funds why would we be showing any interest in another attacking player.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 1, 2007 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #24

    Id rather have Meite than Faye.

    As for the signings im fairly confident one is Drago and the other is Collocini/Hangeland, not to sure about Faye or Sylvestre.

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  • Paul Devine

    Aug 1, 2007 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #25

    Its not a question of money but a question of quality. BS has looked at many players which we could bring in, but the players available are either not the sort of player he wants or just not good enough. BS is right when he says we need height in defence. Players available such as Leighton Baines would please supporters. But a 5’6 defender who by his own admission can’t head the ball against Peter Crouch’s 6’7 is set peice suicide. We have taken in players in the past to no real strategy and without doing the homework. eg Marcelino, Boumsong. If I was Sam I would do some enquires about players that aren’t advertised as being available as you all know money talks.

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  • Obafan

    Aug 1, 2007 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #26

    Dragotinuvic is quality. Played also in Belgium and was one of the best defenders of the league. Could also hold his strong performances in Sevilla, Spanish League which is more difficult than Belgian League; so he would be a very good signing. Can play LB or CB.

    The 2nd signing perhaps is big Sol. Don’t know if he will leave Portsmouth. I think it is that Bolton guy Faye, not bas I think since BS knows him and can also play 2 different positions, that’s the type of players we need; who can cover injuries at other positions on the field.

    I hope something will happen today, cause of tomorrow I’ll be on holiday and it will be hard for me to catch up the news in Bulgaria.

    Finally a little bit of light at the end of the black tunnel???

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  • Rich

    Aug 1, 2007 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #27

    rumour is Sam may be interested ina deal swapping ZOg for Papa Diop?

    hmm… i’m not too keen, zog is the future.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 1, 2007 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #28

    That better not be true, he is our best talent. Except from Taylor

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  • Chris F

    Aug 2, 2007 at 2:53 AM

    Comment #29

    n’zogbia’s problem is that he’s been surrounded by too many “big time charlies” in our squad since he signed and seems to be of the belief that he is a lot better than he actually is.

    yes, he’s good, when he wants to be, but he’s still young and needs to learn. i don’t think he’ll go, but if he does, and it’s to Fulham then that just says one thing to me: he ain’t in it for love of the game or he has a will to succeed at a big club.

    and now it looks like one of those big time charlies is on his way out of the door. cheerio kieron, don’t let the door hit you on the way out. run off to west ham and keep upson company in the treatment room.

    personally, i don’t think we’re losing too much by him going, he makes michael owen look like a picture of health. dyer has plenty of speed, it’s just a shame that’s pretty much all he’s got.

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