As we mentioned in one of our reports this morning we are not sure who Sam Allardyce will still want to bring into the club but we need a midfielder and a defender before our squad is complete.
News today that Sam is possibly looking to bring in Fulham’s giant Senegalese midfielder Papa Boupa Diop.
Allardyce is said to be preparing a Â£4M bid for Diop, 29, who joined Fulham from Lens in 2004.
Papa Diop – Newcastle after him?
There was news on this possibility last week when the fee was quoted at Â£3M. We still think Diop would be a great acquisition for the club and could play the holding role in front of the Newcastle defense to make our rearguard even harder to penetrate.
Diop nearly left Craven Cottage during last January’s transfer window when Fulham accepted a Â£5M offer for the player from Wigan Athletic but Diop decided against it and stayed to help Fulham avoid relegation. Diop is similar in play to Patrick Viera at Arsenal and could bring real steel to our midfield at Newcastle. He also seems the type of player who would thrive under Big Sam – a typical Allardcye signing.
Diop 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 Â£2M. He has played over 80 times for the London club scoring 8 goals.
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.
As we mentioned Diop seems the typical Allardyce prototype player being 6’4â€ and having a powerful build and physique. Certainly it would be difficult to knock this man off the ball. He has an excellent work rate, good skills and commitment which will make an attractive proposition for Sam. Â£4M seems a little high for the Senegalese but we think we should still try to get Diop into the club â€“ he will give us many more options in midfield and make our squad stronger – which is what we are all after.