The Daily Mail is reporting that Sam Allardyce is closing in on a â‚¤1.5M deal for Bolton defender/midfielder Abdoulaye Faye.
Faye now plays in central defense for Bolton after Allardyce successfully converted Faye to a defender during his time at Bolton.
We think Faye would be an excellent signing for the money because of his versatility and the fact he is a typical Big Sam player and has already played under Allardyce.
Abdoulaye Faye – good capture for Newcastle if we can get him
Bolton are reticent to sell Faye to Allardyce but Newcastle’s offer is the best so far for the 29-year-old Senegalese, whose contract is up next season. News that he had signed a new contract a couple of weeks back when Allardyce was reported to be after Faye must not be true. Sammy Lee has brought in cover by completing a â‚¤1M deal for Portsmouth’s Andy O’Brien, who played for Newcastle under Bobby Robson.
It would be nice if Sam could lock up Faye, who would be an excellent acquisition for Newcastle, and while he’s at it – see if he can also bring El Hadji Diouf to Newcastle. Diouf looked great in the second half against Newcastle and would be a popular buy for Newcastle fans. Yes, we hated him when he was at Bolton â€“ but it’s a different matter when he’s on your side, and his behavior both on and off the field improved greatly once Big Sam became his manager at Bolton.
Faye was born in February, 1978 and began his career at Senegalese club ASEC Ndiambour, before leaving to join Jeanne d’Arc in Senegal. He then joined Lens in July 2002, which at the time included fellow Senegalese Papa Bouba Diop, currently at Fulham. Faye, who is 6’1″ tall has made six appearances for Senegal, scoring one goal, and has been a mainstay of a successful Bolton team and featured in the UEFA Cup of 2006-7. In the 2006-2007 season Faye operated almost exclusively as a central defender following the departures of Bruno N’Gotty and Radhi Jaidi to Birmingham City.
Let’s know what you think – would Faye be a good acquisition for us?