Kieron Dyer is expected to complete his transfer to West Ham today.
With manager Sam Allardyce holding out for more money yesterday the fee is now said to be â‚¤6M which is a good price given all the circumstances.
We could talk about what Dyer could have done under Sam Allardyce for weeks (we think he could have been a revitalized player with Sam) but once Dyer leaves we need to move onto more important things happening at the club.
Kieron Dyer – moving to West Ham as expected
Dyer will go down at Newcastle as one of our undisciplined (if good) players in the Bobby Robson era and is joining a similar player, Craig Bellamy at West Ham. Manager Allardyce has stuck by his guns to let any player leave who is not happy at the club – good for him.
Sam will have now brought in â‚¤13M in transfer fees and has paid out around â‚¤8.8M. He has soldÂ two players and broughtÂ in four so far.Â It looks like we will see more players coming to Newcastle with Alan Smith likely being the first one -unveiled as early as today.
This is what Big Sam said last night:
“There might be an interest in Alan Smith now,”"Has there been a bid made for Alan from Newcastle? There have been many bids made.”
“I think we’ll be close by the end of the week to maybe one or two players, I would hope.â€
â€œThen after that I would look to get at least another two or maybe three in because if Kieron goes, whoever comes in to replace him, that’s only one for one, so it’s not actually improving the squad in terms of strength in depth. â€œ
“There’s still three or four players need to be got on top of whoever we replace Kieron with.”
Those are words that will be recieved well by Newcastle fans with some hope that our squad will indeed be big enough this season. Two players in before Sunday’s game with Sampdoria would be good.
We are unsure if Alan Smith is a one for one replacement for Dyer because Smith is really a striker who has expressed a wish to play more in that position. We have six very good strikers now – with young Andy Carroll looking more accomplished in every game. Nobody is leaving so we can only assume Sam will play Smith in midfield.
Smith is a good player and it will be refreshing if a deal is done quickly. He will be a good addition to the side but where he plays will remain a bit of a concernÂ until Sam addresses the situation.
We wish Kieron Dyer all the best at West Ham (although not when he plays against us). Newcastle United have also treated him so wellÂ - and paid him so well – over the last eight years. WeÂ hopeÂ Kieron is appreciative of that.Â
Finally, we are impressed with the professional and quick way in which Sam has handled a difficult situation â€“ he is a great manager and a good man for Newcastle.
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