Major Newcastle News Stories – 15th August – 2007
1:50 pm, Wednesday, August 15th, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 18 Comments
Quite a bit of good news today and some more news on the transfer front.
Looks like Sam may sign his 8th player today since the news is that Bolton’s Abdoulaye Faye is on Tyne-side undergoing a medical and if that’s successful he will sign for Â£2M.
Also news that the deal to send Dyer to West Ham seems to have been resurrected for an extra Â£1M. The fee now is quoted as Â£6M up front and an extra Â£1M based on performances. Good that everything is being tied up before the end of the transfer window in 16 days.
Seems like we have some double good news today. Reports suggest that Abdoulaye Faye is in Newcastle for a medical and he will sign for around Â£2M. To us that’s really good news because he’s a typical big, strong Sam type player. Faye has also played for Sam before at Bolton. Sam converted him to center-back last year from defensive midfield – but we’ll have to wait and see where Sam plays him – if he does arrive at Newcastle. News is that he may actually sign today if he passes his medical.
The other good news is that it appears that West Ham and Newcastle will finally agree a deal for Kieron Dyer to move to the London club. It looks like Newcastle will get Â£1M more than the previous deal – as the price is now quoted at Â£6M up front with an extra Â£1M based on performances. That’s a good price for Dyer and will allow Sam to shore up our defense even more.
Abdoulaye Faye – coming to Newcastle and Kieron Dyer – going to West Ham – that’s a win-win-win for both clubs and Kieron
Surprising news this morning that Newcastle may be in for Barcelona’s Brazilian right-back Juliano Belletti. The fee is quoted at Â£3M which seems a little high for a 31 year-old but Belletti has lots of experience and joined Barcelona back in 2004. Since Sam has not yet spoken to Juliano this deal may not be far along. We include a playing review of the Brazilian. What with Cacapa already signed and the likelihood of Edmilson arriving in January – we could have 3 Brazilians in the team at the turn of the year.
Juliano Belletti- another Sam Allardyce target from Barcelona
We have a piece today on Andrew Carroll our 18 year-old budding super-star – we hope Andrew is interviewed in the Journal and says he’s looking forward to his time at Preston. He did make his debut last night against Morecombe when he was brought on after 87 minutes – but Preston were beaten 2-1 and Andrew couldn’t do much for them in 3 minutes. He did manage to get his name in the book unfortunately. It will be very interesting to see how Andy performs at Preston – very well we hope.
Andrew Carroll- made his debut for Preston last night as a substitute
We report on the news yesterday that Sam may be after Phil Neville of Everton. Phil signed for Everton two years ago from Manchester United and has made the switch rather easily to Everton. He is now their captain and we think it would be very difficult for Big Sam to persuade Phil to leave Everton right now for Newcastle. But we’ll have to wait and see – the fee quoted is Â£4M for the 30 year-old.
Phil Neville – difficult to prise him away from Everton
We review today Sam’s summer signings and other players, like Neville above, whom he seems to be pursuing. With Sam bringing in Â£14M from the sale of Parker and Dyer (we assume Kieron will move to West Ham) then it’s not too much he has spent so far. The 6 players he has brought in cost around Â£20M so that’s a new spend of just Â£6M if Dyer moves to West Ham. We think that’s just excellent business. Sam is still pursuing Faye, Neville, Yepes and Belletti we believe.
Sam Allardyce – conducting the transfer traffic at Newcastle?
An update on a charity run by Mark Allison from John O’ Groats to Land’s End on behalf of St. Benedict’s Hospice. Mark completed his run and is now back home on Tyne-side and has given various interviews – including to Sky Sports. He’ll be featured in the match program on Saturday evening. Mark lost 2 stones during his run (28lbs to US readers) and he’ll be at St. James’ Park on Saturday for a lap of honor before we take Aston Villa apart. Mark had this new message on his web-site this morning:
“I had my fitness assessment yesterday afternoon and I was pleasantly surprised with the results.”
“The most meaningful figures to the man in the street are of course weight and body fat.”
“Well, I’m pleased to report that during the course of the run I lost over 2 stone. I went from 17 stone 1 pound to 14 stone 12 pounds.”
“Considering I was 17 stone 8 pounds in January then this is some loss indeed! I can’t remember the last time I was 14 stone anything.”
“I think it was perhaps 1998, just before I went on a 3 week drinking holiday to Australia with my mate Adam!“
Here’s Mark’s web site where he has a daily log and all kinds of good information about his fabulous effort. If you can contribute to Mark’s efforts please do so at this just giving site
Mark Allison – gives thumbs up sign for a great Newcastle season – which appears more and more likely
Finally here’s some funny football quotes – today three quotes from one of our favorite people – Bobby Robson – to lighten up the day
“Maybe not goodbye, but farewell.” – Bobby Robson
â€œThey’ve probably played better than they’ve ever done for a few weeks.” – Bobby Robson
“The margin is very marginal.” – Bobby Robson
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