Difficult for Allardyce to Attract Neville


Sam Allardyce is on the trail of Everton skipper Phil Neville.

The Newcastle boss is widely reported to be after the England international to bolster his squad and is ready to make a £4M bid to take the 30-year-old to Tyneside.

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Phil Neville – can Sam persuade him to join Newcastle?

Allardyce is a long-term admirer of Neville and has received good financial backing from new Newcastle chairman Chris Mort during the last few weeks. The pending sale of Kieron Dyer to West Ham for around £7M will also mean that extra funds will be available to bring in new players. News today is that Abdoulaye Faye from Bolton is undergoing a medical in Newcastle right now and should be arriving for around £2M. Faye was keen to join his old boss at Newcastle and had little hesitation in accepting the deal – which has been in the works for over a week.

Newcastle’s interest is unlikely to be welcomed by Moyes, who is desperately trying to build up his squad rather than trim what is already one of the smallest squads in the Premier League.

Neville moved to Everton from Manchester United in 2005 for around £2.5M and at that time he would have been a good capture for Newcastle but we somehow missed out on him. Phil is a similar player to Alan Smith – a good footballer who can play in many different positions. But we’re sure Moyes didn’t make him Everton’s captain last season to have him move away from the club. Phil played 263 times for Manchester United scoring 5 goals in his 11 years at the club. He has played 69 times for Everton scoring 1 goal and has represented England on 56 occasions. He obviously has great experience in winning games, and has played in Europe multiple times for Manchester United.

Phil should also know a few players at Newcastle, including Alan Smith and of course Nicky Butt, but it will still be a hard sell to get him to Tyneside. We’ll watch this one closely and see if Sam’s persuasive powers can eventually win the day.

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18 comments so far

  • TOON1

    Aug 15, 2007 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Very difficult to attract to the toon as everton are in uefa cup ,they playing well [gave spurs a good hiding last night]and he seems to be at home there.But with sams persuasive powers who knows .At first when it first reported yesterday i thought it was paper talk but this morning it was quite wide spread ,so could there be truth in it .Faye supposed to be joining today for 2m,another good squad player ,get belleti 4 rb ,keep nobby til ned of season and get playmaker -Riquelme would be icing on the cake!!

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  • Bev

    Aug 15, 2007 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Just reading the Journal again this morning (god knows why when Alan Oliver wrote it) and he’s saying that Faye will be BS last signing of the summer, I find that hard to believe if we are letting Dyer and Solano go, and the early promise of a big name signing, what do you think ed?

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  • PM

    Aug 15, 2007 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #3

    i think faye would be a better signing then neville and faye also will cost less then neville. dont see why we need neville??? dont think he is that good and everton wont let him go.

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  • Bev

    Aug 15, 2007 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #4

    oh and don’t think Neville will be allowed to go this late in the transfer market, but would have been a good signing.

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  • Marguerite

    Aug 15, 2007 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #5

    Not overly impressed with Neville, Faye or Belletti becoming Newcastle players. We absolutely need A QUALITY RIGHT BACK. Also with Dyer, Luque and Solano looking to be leaving, we also need a creative midfield player

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  • bw positive

    Aug 15, 2007 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #6

    If we get P Neville, whom in my opinion is one of the most established and underrated defensive midfielders in the league, we will seriously find it hard to point out weaknesses in the squad. This is looking seriously bright for us. If we get shot of Dyer, Luque and Solano and raise a further 9m from these we could finance all the deals we are linked with. Defence would be Enrique, baba, Taylor, Rozehnal, Casapa, Mario Yepes, Edmilson, Faye, Belletti, Carr, Geremi, Neville. For me, that would be an incredibly strong defensive squad. With what is already a VERY strong goalkeeping, midfield and attack, we should be realistically fighting for top 5.

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  • Sean

    Aug 15, 2007 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #7

    i’m not convinced we need a right back. I think we should get faye and (i know i’ve said this a lot but…) either Payet or Nasri. Geremi can play Right back and we have Carr and if we are desperate – Ramage

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  • TOON1

    Aug 15, 2007 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #8

    Marguerite-Belleti is quality RB,regular 4 barca for the last 2-3 years ,scored winning goal against arsenal in champ league final .He would be great signing ,maybe a little pricey being 31 but sometimes you have to pay that bit more 4 quality.

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  • Ahmed Bilal

    Aug 15, 2007 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #9

    Phil Neville will give the side character, something that Allardyce has strongly enforced in the new Newcastle side. No offense, but you guys would be lucky to have him in your team 🙂

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  • joel gledhill

    Aug 15, 2007 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #10

    helo! people,does everyone just read the newcastle part of the papers because fulham may get sami hypia for 1.5 mil because liverpool are getting a new center back,which creates one defender to go (as we said we need experence at the back four)

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  • bw positive

    Aug 15, 2007 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #11

    Marguerite, you clearly have no idea about football. ALL 3 signings would be massive for us, as they are tailored for what we crave for. With Enrique as a strong fit and very fast left back who loves to get forward, there isnt many better attacking rightbacks out there better than Belletti. His goalscoring record for a defender I honestly have NEVER seen better. He is outstanding. Trust me, it would be us whom would be fortunate. I, however feel he will get alot of options if he is to move on, no doubt from champions league offering clubs.

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  • Hog

    Aug 15, 2007 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #12

    nah, not blown away……..faye seems solid enough though I suppose…. but beletti at 31 is surely too old for a premiership right back. A foreign one at that (not used to the physical side of the prem).

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  • bw positive

    Aug 15, 2007 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #13

    I dont honestly think we need a playmaker midfield now. Because of the strengthened defensive midfield we have, we can allow Emre to push on and bring players into the game more. I feel given a high position, he could do a job as a playmaker. If not, Barton would. Leaving Smith, Faye, Butt or Geremi to hold the fort together. Get those defensive signings, yepes, Edmilson, Belletti, faye, and do what you can to get Neville !!! We will be ready like we have never been before, for a serious push.

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  • bw positive

    Aug 15, 2007 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #14

    Players with pace dont need to be physical. Thats why Viana failed here, as did Tommason. The premierleague is about pace more than strength. if you can run at lightening speed with the ball, and are sharp, you WILL succeed here. Belletti has both in abundance and is regularily assisting and scoring. Sam is putting together a side FULL OF GOALS. Yepes is a goalscoring defender, as is Taylor. Enrique chips in. Barton, geremi. He clearly wants goal scorers throughout. The logic whilst seemingly obvious is actually quite brilliant.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 15, 2007 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #15

    Yepes, Edmilson an Belettiu. Please not Faye, Neville 🙁

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  • Obafan

    Aug 15, 2007 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #16

    I won’t be that happy if Neville comes to the toon, but I also think we will not be able to attract him because Everton started fantastic and is in the UEFA.

    I prefer Faye above Neville, but if I had to choose for 2 defenders still to come to NUFC, then I would pick Beletti and Yepes.

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  • Rich

    Aug 15, 2007 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #17

    no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no

    please dont sign EITHER of the nevilles, they are absolute pants.

    Id rather sstick with Carr. andthats saying ALOT.

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  • Pete

    Aug 15, 2007 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #18

    lol rich,

    I too couldn’t be doing with the manu chants of “Phillip Neville’s still a red, still a red – he hates scousers” each time we play them and he makes a mistake (his own goal against manu last season)

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