Newcastle Transfer Update on Senegalese Papa Bouba Diop

Sam Allardyce is reported ready to bid £3M for Fulham’s 6’4” midfielder Papa Bouba Diop. This bid may have already been submitted since Sam this morning said the club had submitted many bids.

Maybe this is the player to replace Kieron Dyer rather than Alan Smith – although Sam has already stated his interest in Smith.

Fulham boss Lawrie Sanchez would like to keep the Senegalese 6’4” midfielder at Fulham but the player himself would like to move on.

Bouba Diop, who is 29 years old, wants a new challenge and Sam’s persuasive powers plus Newcastle’s rebuilding program under a new manager, chairman and Billionaire owner may be able to clinch the deal for Newcastle.


Papa Bouba Diop

The Senegal midfielder appeared to be leaving Fulham in January when he was given the opportunity to join Wigan Athletic in a £5M deal. The bid was accepted by Fulham but Diop decided against the move and remained at Fulham.

He began his career playing for a couple of Dakar clubs, but then moved to Switzerland in 2000, where he played for the famous Grasshoppers Zurich 29 times and scored 5 goals.   In 2002 he moved to Lens and stayed there for two years playing 47 times and scoring 6 goals. In 2004 Diop finally moved to the Premiership with Fulham for a fee believed to be around £2M. He has played 74 times for the London club scoring 8 goals.

Diop’s claim to fame was when he scored a goal in the 2002 FIFA World Cup game between then World Champions France and Senegal which Senegal won 1-0.

In the past Diop has been linked with lucrative moves to Manchester United and Arsenal but has suffered from injuries which have limited his  first-team appearances.   Sam Allardyce will probably want to ensure Diop’s fitness is 100% before taking any action. Knowing Sam’s thoroughness that would certainly happen before any deal is made with Fulham.

Diop is the typical Allardyce prototype player being 6’4” and having a powerful build and physique. Certainly it would be difficult to knock this man off the ball. Diop has an excellent work rate, good skills and a commitment which will make an attractive proposition for Sam. We’re sure Sam has already checked out all his stats and they must be good plus £3M seems a reasonable price for the Senegalese International.

Comments welcome.

55 comments so far

  • Rich

    Aug 2, 2007 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #1

    i really really really hope we land Papa, ive been an admirer of this man for a long time.

    Strong attacking powerhouse is what we need, im just hoping we dont swap Zog :-\ and we get to have both.

    ill be oba the moon with Papa, i think we should still sign Smith if we get Papa though as we look a bit thin in the centre of mid.

  • StevieA

    Aug 2, 2007 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #2

    He would be a brilliant signing. Our midfield would be full of steel and tenacity which would improve our play a hell of a lot.

    If this is true then again it shows Sam likes players to be athletic, skillful and tenacious. I like those qualities in players and Dioup would give us an excellent 3 or 4 years service.

    I believe he can play in defence too although he hasn’t played there for a long time now.

  • MightyMilburn

    Aug 2, 2007 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Agree with the other comments on this potential signing.. I have always liked Diop – and if he wants to join us.. I say sign him up as quickly as possible (if his body is not falling apart of course..)

  • StevieA

    Aug 2, 2007 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #4

    He will bring goals too and again will be an aerial threat. If you look at our side now we have many more goals to come from the defence and midfield. Plus plenty of goals to come from the strikers too!

    It should be a good season I think.

  • apan

    Aug 2, 2007 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #5

    He would be a good buy with his tall build, strength , good on air and excellent work rate i think he would sit nicely in the heart of our midfield and would be goo d in the dead ball situation, i think now geremi or zoggy can partner him in the midfield while barton is injured, and yes dont forget geremi is a good rb too i guess if he joins newcastle we wont worry about injuries and so because we got good squad depth, but comes january we would lose them out for the african nation tournament hurm i guess thats where alan smith fits in when we bought him?

  • MightyMilburn

    Aug 2, 2007 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #6

    StevieA – dont know if we should buy him for his goal scoring capabilities.. as he hasnt really “racked up the numbers” in his previous clubs.. but still – he would be a threat with his height and from what I recall he has a good shot on him as well..

  • michael

    Aug 2, 2007 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #7

    sounds like rubbish. No sign of drago then?

  • The rat

    Aug 2, 2007 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #8

    Im sorry dont think papa would be a good signing for us.I have never seen the bolke have a good game yet for Fulham.I agree he maybe strong and powerfull,but you need alot more than that to be a player in the premiership.He gets found out in games,he doesnt like playing against passing teams as his reading of the game is poor.He may win a fair share of ball in the air but on the ground he passes sideways and backwards..(like parker).If we do get smith which i hope we do that will be much more possitive as he can player in a number of possisions he is mobile can see a pass and even when playing in midfield can score a goal something Dioup doesnt do.

  • Hog

    Aug 2, 2007 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #9

    Great signing if it happens and at 3 million… bargain. Great player.

  • StevieA

    Aug 2, 2007 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #10


    Our midfield struggled to score goals last season and the additions of Geremi, Dioup and Barton will only help us to score more goals.

    In a better team Diop could score around 8 goals a season. Barton could also get 6 – 9 goals too which would make a huge difference to the team. They drive the ball hard which not only makes the keeper make a save but the ball sometimes comes back and the likes of Owen and Viduka will knock those in all day.

    Diop is also a big aerial threat. When you look at the team (should he sign) we would have threats in the air such as Rozenhal, Taylor, Viduka, Diop, Ameobi which is something we haven’t had for a long time.

  • carl

    Aug 2, 2007 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #11

    hed be a good signing,and along with smith,cacapa,and a couple of others wed be in good shape for the season.i believe this story to be true as it was reported at 9am this morning on a fulham website.

  • Gangstalord

    Aug 2, 2007 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #12

    this is the strength that we need in midefield!

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 2, 2007 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #13

    He would be a good signing but not a swap deal for The Zog but for 3mil he is defintely worth it. He can play in the centre where is the only other place we have a few concerns other than defence. He could also be a back-up defender from his attributes.

    Great signing as long as it isnt a swap deal 🙂

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 2, 2007 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #14

    If you were walking out of the tunel with the other team and looked across and saw Diop next to you on the other team (Newcastle) – wouldn’t you feel a little intimidated.

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 2, 2007 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #15

    No way should N’Zogbia be laeving Newcastle but Sam has always said he wants to keep what he has – the squad is too small now in any case and he has praised N’Zogbia quite a bit.

  • bigpeaovweab

    Aug 2, 2007 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #16

    keep charle he is the future ov the toon hes fast strong and got a eye for goal

  • Cockney Magpie

    Aug 2, 2007 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #17

    especially if drago was standing behind him 😉

  • Cockney Magpie

    Aug 2, 2007 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #18

    tht comment was after EDs diop comment ^

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 2, 2007 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #19

    Ed you’d be laying a brick 😀

  • Murvar

    Aug 2, 2007 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #20

    I can’t fathom this one. We’re awash with midfielders. Solano, Milner, Zog, Duff, Emre, Geremi, Barton (unless he’s in clink – and what KIND of assult charge is it? Common assault, Section 20 ABH or Section 20 Wounding – GBH to you and me? – the sentence could vary wildly depending on which one it is if he’s found guilty), Patterson, maybe Smith who he can’t want as a striker unless he offloads one of the others; so why? Papa Doo Bee Doo is OK but he won’t have them singing in the streets in Felling I’ll wager.

  • michaelawin

    Aug 2, 2007 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #21

    Lol imagine how intimidated you’d be by the likes of ALL of our new boys, if we get them the thought of coming up against Joey Barton, Alan Smith, Papa Diop and Drago is pretty scary. I say an absolute bargain for Big Papa remember when he was so hyped up the likes of Le Arse were after him. For 3 million i will be delighted.

  • StevieA

    Aug 2, 2007 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #22

    I think this could be the end for Patterson. He just doesn’t look comfortable playing in front of big crowds to me. I would think about letting him go, or let him go on loan for a season to a championship club for experience.

    Big Papa if he signs will be fantastic for us. As Michael says it wasn’t that long since Arsenal or ‘Le Arse’ were after him. We can’t count Patterson in the side, I heard he was the next Paul Gascoigne! Don’t make me laugh!

  • MagpieRich

    Aug 2, 2007 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #23

    Does anyone remember watching MOTD last season when Big Papa easily knock Carr off the ball with a shoulder charge, and then went on to set up a tap-in goal for Fulham? I defintely do and thought at the time, I wish we had someone as physically imposing as him. Now it looks like it could actually happen!

  • ToonKing

    Aug 2, 2007 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #24

    Yep if he comes for 3M and we don’t swap N’Zogbia for him, i’m a happy man.

    If he signs, we will be terrible in midfield. Things are looking up after a terrible week.

    Can’t wait for the season to start!

  • Rich

    Aug 2, 2007 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #25

    @Toon KING

    if he signes we will be terrible in midfield???

    that comment confuses me more than Steven Hawkins A Breif History of Time, unless terrible is slang for solid?

  • Alex

    Aug 2, 2007 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #26

    Papa Diop in midfield with geremi and butt with milner and zog out wide.Viduka and martins up front 3 man defence.Think about it.Maybe sam is thinking along the same lines as wor kev used to.Out score the other team with pace and power

  • stu

    Aug 2, 2007 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #27

    who is this drago? have i missd sumthing. i totally agree with signing him. although i still think we need a left bk.

  • Outlaw

    Aug 2, 2007 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #28

    This is a joke

  • dan

    Aug 2, 2007 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #29

    Never seen him play but i’m encouraged by the reaction from everyone. We need plenty of midfielders so i’m not worrying about being flooded in that area…
    I believe you need more cover in midfield than anywhere else on the pitch.

    Glad he is a 6’4″. We have seriously lacked power in the air for defending and scoring at set pieces for years.

  • ToonKing

    Aug 2, 2007 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #30

    @ Rich : It’s slang for solid 🙂

  • Jeff D.

    Aug 2, 2007 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #31

    I reckon this is all these negative people (makems) who say BSA only plays the long ball game are talking crap! why buy big imposing midfielders if your going to pass the ball over the top of them.

  • Rich

    Aug 2, 2007 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #32

    TookKing, thats good to ehar i was starting to worry!!

    I just say on Sky Sports News TV, Alan Smith was in a shop in the toon and one of the reporters cornered him and asked:

    Sky Reporter: ‘Have you got a message for the toon fans alan?’

    Alan Smith: ‘No, Not Yet…. I Cant Say Anything Until Its All Sorted Out’

    Reporter: ‘When do you think youll be a Newcastle player?’

    Alan Smith: ‘Well if theirs no problems hopefully tommorow (Friday)’

    im paraphrasing, but it was almost exactly what was said… i still hope to god we sign Diop then i think the only midfeild position thats slightly weak is the left had side, although when Duffs back we will be laughing.

    so, looks like the two players are Cacapa & Smith for this week, BSA said that 2 this week and hopefully 3 or 4 next week… im hoping one is Papa, other ones probably Drag and that leaves a left back and possibly another versitile centreback???

    ooooh, im starting to get that good feeling of optimism back 🙂

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 2, 2007 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #33

    Stu – Drago is the nickname of 6′ 1” Serbian Ivica Dragutinovic of Seville who can play center back or left back – and is rumored to be coming to Newcastle for 2M. He is one of the center backs for Serbia in world cup last year – another imposing player- take a look at the article we had on him –

  • LiamBirchy8

    Aug 2, 2007 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #34

    diop, faye and drago would be great signings along with cacapa and smith. But i still think another left back culd help and an attempt to get glen johnson on loan for a season.

    diop 3m
    faye 1.5m
    drago 2m
    smith 6m
    cacapa Free
    Silvestre 2m or shorey/baines 6m
    glen johnson on loan

    14.5/18.5m for a solid squad with great strength and depth.

    which is about 10m with the dyer sell took into account.

    what do you think?

  • Owen

    Aug 2, 2007 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #35

    For 3 million Diop would be a fine signing. Gives us the option to mix it up in midfield.

    I think BSA is looking for players who give us the options to play in different ways.

    Lets face it, since Robson went, we have been pretty one dimensional. Piss poor at 442 and Roeder’s european 451 was barely effective.

    So all in all I can see BSA’s logic.

    Hope he keeps Charlie Zog though.

  • TOON1

    Aug 2, 2007 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #36

    Very happy if Big papa signs bit DONT swap charlie.He is quality!!Smith good addition to squad ,not sure how he wil fit in though.Get drago ,very highly rated LB .2 OR 3 Signings next week after smith and cacapa and we are laughing.Diop drago and BERZAGLI .Come on Big Sam!!!!

  • Alex

    Aug 2, 2007 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #37

    Just read that sam is looking at dede from dortmund.Lets hope positional skill and not a decent tackle in him and that for a fullback!
    over rated and over priced.

  • Steve

    Aug 2, 2007 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #38

    I think diop would be an excellent signing . I watched him for quite some time and although in senegal world cup team El Hadji Diouf got all the praise and got himself a transfer to liverpool, I think Diop was there best player especially in there game against france the current cup holders at that time where he scored the only goal to knock them out the tournament. The only problem is we are still not sorting out the problem positions of Left Back and Right back which need urgently looking at I believe.

  • iain

    Aug 2, 2007 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #39

    average signing nowt to get too excited about. although in terms of what emre has shown in final product/consistency diop would be better than him, and imo probably means emre is to be sold, hes a good player, just doesnt seem right for the pl somehow.

    dip had a longer than average spell out with a bad ankle injury last season which worries me ab it ,we could do without signing players with past injury problems as we have enough of them already. and he will disapear along with geremi/martins for the african cup of nations next year.

    still were massivly short on creativity in mf imo even if diop comes in.

    the only type of attacking player were really missing is an in the hole player like dyer is – playing of a lone striker ala kaka/riquelme/sneijder a player like that would be really usefull imo. dyer was at his best there last season playing with martins and showed how effective that type of player can be. emre as i said above just hasnt worked and im not sure he ever will. smith is not the answer in that position either.

  • Big Sam

    Aug 2, 2007 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #40

    hog hasn’t got a clue about football, could he please return his season ticket to the box office, as we only want people who know about football following our club. Big Sam would rather pay 3 million of ashleys fat wallet contents on gerry tagget than papa dioup. I suggest Hog fottball knowledge be used spectating a suitable club at the stadium of light.


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