As we had half expected it looks like West Ham and Newcastle United have finally agreed a compromise deal over the transfer of Kieron Dyer, and the Daily Telegraph is reporting that a deal at Â£7M has been agreed between the two clubs.
The transfer collapsed almost two weeks ago and we had expected that once things died down a little, the two clubs could still do the deal – since it was both in their interests and certainly within Dyer’s â€“ so he could move nearer his family in Ipswich.
Kieron Dyer - looks like he gets his move to West Ham
The asking price initially was Â£5M with Â£1M added for appearances and Newcastle upped the price to a straight Â£8M at the last minute when the deal collapsed almost two weeks ago. The compromise deal is understood to involve an initial fee of Â£6M with the final Â£1M dependent on appearances. It looks like the added compromise amount is half the extra Â£2M Newcastle initially asked.
We think this is a sensible deal between the clubs and certainly the potential of Dyer is worth that fee, given some of the inflated transfers that have taken place this summer, for British players with much less experience and skill than Kieron. Dyer, 28, is keen to leave Newcastle, after eight years and 251 matches for the Magpies, to be closer to his long-term girlfriend and kids in Ipswich.
With Dyer leaving, Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce now has more money to invest and is expected to move quickly to complete a Â£2M deal with his former club Bolton, for Senegalese international Abdoulaye Faye, who can play central defense or defensive midfield. Faye, 29 years-old and 6’1″ tall – was signed by Allardyce in December 2005 from French club Lens, and will link up with his old manager at Newcastle today – when the deal is scheduled to be announced, according to the Telegraph. Faye is on Tyneside today undergoing a medical at the club.
We have no news on Nobby Solano’s situation since he would also like a move to West Ham but this deal can only help Nobby’s case. Solano also wants to move to London to be closer to his estranged wife Claudia and the kids.
We think this is excellent business once again by Big Sam – since Dyers’ heart did not seem to be at Newcastle. With defenders still in short supply, Faye will be an excellent addition to the squad.
That’s what we think – but let us know what you think – comments very welcome.