Newcastle News Stories, 16th August, 2007 – Dyer Gone!

West Ham United have signed England midfielder Kieron Dyer from Newcastle United, both English Premier League clubs confirmed Wednesday.The transfer appeared to have stalled after Newcastle reportedly upped their price from £6M to £8M.

Newcastle United and West Ham have agreed terms and the transfer of Kieron Dyer to West Ham has now been concluded,” the Hammers said on their website this afternoon.

We’re glad the deal could be revived – it’s a win-win-win for both clubs and for Kieron himself. We wish Dyer all the very best at West Ham.

Looks like Sam will also sign his 8th player today (or tomorrow) 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 £2M.

We think that’s a good deal for Dyer and we also expect Nobby Solano to leave us before the end of the transfer window.


  • In case uou haven’t seen it yet there’s a good interview with Big Sam by the League Managers Association today. They ask Sam a number of questions regarding how he’s taking to managing a big club such as Newcastle and it’s a good read for all Newcastle fans.

    Sam Allardcye – interviewed by the League Management Association (LMA) today

  • Good interview with David Rozehnal where he talks about knowing Claudio Cacapa very well from his two years in the French league. Claudio was well known as the Lyon captain for 5 years and Rozehnal speaks very highly of him and how he expects to do very well. Looks like Claudio is a real nice guy who’s very down to earth. It will be interesting to see if he gets a run-out on Saturday. He played calmly and with great authority for the reserves on Monday night against Blue Star.

    Claudio Cacapa and David Rozehnal – David expects Claudio to do great at Newcastle

  • With another two defenders brought in by Sam during August we expect the defense to be the strongest it’s been for many a season. Sam has brought in Rozehnal, Cacapa and Enrique – all excellent acquisitions for the club – and it looks almost certain that Abdoulaye Fay from Bolton will join before the end of the week from Bolton for around £2M. We now need a right back and Brazilian Juliano Belletti from Barcelona and Phil Neville of Everton are two players we are said to be after. Either of these would finish off what will be an excellent defense (we hope) for us ttis season.

    Abdoulaye Faye– expected to sign for Newcastle before the end of this week

  • The transfer of Kieron Dyer to West Ham is confirmed and Newcastle have done very well out of the deal. The fee is said to be £7M which is £1M more than agreed to a couple of weeks ago before the bickering broke out and Ashley withdrew the bid. We have to compliment Ashley and Mort on their business dealings which so far have been little short of excellent. On a sadder note we expect Solano to eventually leave Newcastle in this transfer window. While Portsmouth are keen on him we still expect some London club to buy him – and we hope we can get £1M for him since he still has a year left on his contract – and he’s worth it. We’re hoping we’re proved wrong on that because he can still do a job for us this season.

    Dyer and Solano – we expect both of them to depart for London clubs soon – Dyer has now gone to West Ham – official

  • We take a look at what Sam has been saying about the upcoming game against Aston Villa on Saturday evening. Sam says it was good not to have the game initially arranged with Arsenal for last night. Arsenal were busy beating Sparta Prague 2-0 in the qualifying round of the Champions league and the Newcastle game will have to be rescheduled. Sam believes the game against Villa will be a lot different than last Saturday’s rout of Bolton.

    Sam Allardyce – tough game against Aston Villa on Saturday – but we still have to win some how

  • Michael Owen played another 60 minutes yesterday in a pre-arranged friendly with Gretna that a Newcastle side won 3-1. Michael is fighting to get match-fit and Sam thinks his appearances in the upcoming England games will be good for that purpose. While Michael is undoubtedly the best English striker maybe Oba Martins right now is the top Newcastle striker. Oba looked just awesome in the first half against Bolton. I was scared of him just watching the game on TV with his electric pace 😀

    Michael Owen – fighting to become match fit games with England should help

  • An update on Mark Allison’s historic run from John O’ Groats to Land’s End on behalf of St. Benedict’s Hospice. Mark is now back home on Tyne-side. 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

    Rachel Kerr has written a great article on the BBC Tyne website about Mark’s run. Here is the link:
    The fund is creeping towards £25,000! Mark will be featured in the match program on Saturday evening and he’ll be at St. James’ Park on Saturday for a lap of honor before we take Aston Villa apart.


    Mark Allison – gives thumbs up sign for a great Newcastle win against Villa on Saturday

  • Finally here’s some funny football quotes – to lighten up the day 😀

    “An inch or two either side of the post and it would have been a goal.” – Dave Bassett

    “The past is history.” – Dave Bassett

    “And I honestly believe we can go all the way to Wembley – unless somebody knocks us out.” – Dave Bassett

  • We always appreciate your comments on our Daily Update.
    Please keep your comments civil and decent because we have lots of youngsters reading the site – thanks

    33 comments so far

    • Tom_Toon

      Aug 16, 2007 at 2:00 PM

      Comment #1

      Faye will be a good squad player. Hopefully Diouf will come in to replace Dyer and maybe Solano 🙁

      We should be trying to sign Bosingwa. Not Beletti, Neville etc.

      Bosingwa a good RB and is regarded highly as he is starting to break through for the Portugese National Team. He is also only 24.

    • Ed Harrison

      Aug 16, 2007 at 2:02 PM

      Comment #2

      Tom – yes – we profiled Bosingwa a few weeks back – good player.

    • graham

      Aug 16, 2007 at 2:04 PM

      Comment #3

      Dyer has gone! East London lock up your daughters…

    • toonfan1

      Aug 16, 2007 at 2:12 PM

      Comment #4

      this summer has been mind blowing!!! some fantastic signings like geremi, smith, viduka etc and this is the first season maybe since 2001/2002 season in which i am looking forward to how the season will pan out. watchin titus bramble yesterday and he made a few mistakes (classic!) but he looked good enough and another former magpie on the scoresheet in siberski. i would have liked to keep him and offload ameobi even though ameobi is much younger. ameobi is the one player in the united squad who i dont get excited about when he comes on. i just dont see what ameobi brings to the team?

    • e

      Aug 16, 2007 at 2:15 PM

      Comment #5

      i feel sorry for bramble when he plays and some times makes a few lil mistakes, i hope we dont give him to much of a hard time at st james.. i remember a liverpool game where he was coming on as a sub and the whole crowd was laughing at him… hope he does well for wigan now all the pressure is off him

    • toonfan1

      Aug 16, 2007 at 2:18 PM

      Comment #6

      yeah well said e! il give u a clap for that comment. he always tried hard and i think he isn’t premier league quality but hopefully he can prove all his critics wrong and be a rock in the wigan defence but not against newcastle!

    • ADAM

      Aug 16, 2007 at 2:28 PM

      Comment #7


    • Baz From Durham

      Aug 16, 2007 at 2:31 PM

      Comment #8

      Come off it guys he is crap but still picking up 40k a week at wigan BSA has gone right up in my estimations getting rid of the bling boys. Good riddance to Both Dyer & Bramble and lets have a proper team.

    • Lassi from Finland

      Aug 16, 2007 at 2:42 PM

      Comment #9

      I’m optimistic about Shola developing into a world class striker. He’s already got a good eye for goal when he gets half a chance – he’s a pretty good if not spectacular finisher. His pre-season record has been pretty good.

      Some more pace and courage to challenge the defense would help, but I’m confident that the latter will develop as he matures.

    • Neil

      Aug 16, 2007 at 2:53 PM

      Comment #10

      I’d just like to say a big “f off you little cnut” to Kieron from the majority of NUFC fans. The swing bridge is a far safer place without you as is the quayside!!

    • Dyer

      Aug 16, 2007 at 3:01 PM

      Comment #11

      Neil, you’re just bitter. I earn tons of cash and your girl’s crap, or she was when she bent over for me.

    • Dave

      Aug 16, 2007 at 3:06 PM

      Comment #12

      Move on Neil, don’t turn to the darkside, focus on Villa.


    • toonfan1

      Aug 16, 2007 at 3:16 PM

      Comment #13

      shola ameobi a world class striker????!!!! lassi from finland, have you been watchin the same shola ameobi as we all have.? he isn’t exciting, he adds nothing to the team and wen he plays, he doesn’t even look interested. a world class striker dont make me laugh

    • fred

      Aug 16, 2007 at 3:37 PM

      Comment #14

      I have to agree with Toonfan1. Lassi from Finland, pace and courage are qualities you can’t develope as an adult. For sure people who saw Ameoby play when he was young can recognize him now. He probably was dominant with kids but with the best in the worlds, no way.
      He’s a good player. But he doesn’t have the energy to use him from the bench. Like Odonkor from Germany in the last World Cup – a rabbit. He’s too slow.

    • Bob

      Aug 16, 2007 at 3:42 PM

      Comment #15

      Who says that you can’t develop pace as an adult? Olympic 100m gold medallist Alan Wells only started sprinting at 24 years old and Donovan Bailey only took up sprinting at 25……..

      Courage can be drummed into you (Big Sam!).

      He scored 6 in 11 last year before he got injured, lets give him a chance.

    • graham

      Aug 16, 2007 at 3:47 PM

      Comment #16

      Well said Bob. Ameobi is never gonna be world class but i’d rather have him sitting on the bench than some of the strikers elswhere in the premiership.

      Remember – he’s been playing for at least 2 years with an injury which he put off getting fixed for the good of the club – so they could play him when other ‘stars’ were knackered – that shows a bit of courage in itself…

    • SS

      Aug 16, 2007 at 3:50 PM

      Comment #17

      Shola maintains the petulant attitude of a schoolboy striker – handballs, niggly fouls, and too many offsides – and its always the fault of the referee or the linesman. Shearer got away with his arrogance, because he earned the right over a dozen years of consistent success – Shola is not even close.

    • ToonKing

      Aug 16, 2007 at 3:55 PM

      Comment #18

      I’m kinda sad and kinda happy to see Dyer go. After all he was our player for 8 years and he was a good player. But on the other side he’s attitude was crap. If we get in a good replacement all in all it will be a good transfer.

    • toonfan1

      Aug 16, 2007 at 4:00 PM

      Comment #19

      big sam dissed ameobi in a recent interview so i think that shows how much big sam rates the lad. i dont rate him at all, last season he said he could fill the boots of alan shearer! what a load of crap and also he fails to score in double figures in the premier league so that shows you that he isnt a good striker. i would get rid of him asap hopefully before the transfer deadline!

    • phoonck

      Aug 16, 2007 at 4:08 PM

      Comment #20

      Well, Dyer was a good player, but never was outstanding.. Spent too much time in the treatment room in the past 2-3years.. ToonKing was spot on, about Dyer’s attitude on and off the field was a total crap. Alleged to possessed a personal sex video tape years ago, urinated on the street/back alley in a drunken state, refused to play at the position he was asked to play in by Sir Bobby, and rejected the captain’s armband by the same manager! Now recently wanting to move on to be near his family.. Though he came with huge potential but never realized them.. Hopefully he can do much better at another club, and learn to behave like a footballer, and Big Sam can continue in his search of a replacement..

    • Jeff D

      Aug 16, 2007 at 4:11 PM

      Comment #21

      I’m sick of people giving players a hard time for their performances under old regimes,formations etc.Its a professional players job to play in the position and style that he has been instructed to do.I wonder how many performances have been affected because of a lack ofconfidence because of derision and jeering from their own fans.Some of these players may not be good enough for the premiership, but we bought them in,and that dosent mean they are not trying their best.

    • phoonck

      Aug 16, 2007 at 4:11 PM

      Comment #22

      Not to leave out too, he was also almost charged for raping/roasting a girl in a hotel room, together with some other players! What a history.. hahaa

    • Hammy

      Aug 16, 2007 at 4:33 PM

      Comment #23

      Dyer has been a total waste of space…how frustrating it must have been for toon managers past and present to have somebody of Dyers ability with his finger constantly on the self destruct button…..his off the field antics, drinking…….sha£$ing…..and other stuff that didn’t make the press…..will make him remembered for what he did off the field rather than what he did on it. Toon fans can look back on his time here and say if only………….

    • teedub

      Aug 16, 2007 at 4:58 PM

      Comment #24

      Anybody else a bit worried about our righthand side? If Nobby does leave that leaves us with Carr and Milner only. Jimmy has played a lot of games over the past year or so and although young cannit keep on playing that many.

    • Ed Harrison

      Aug 16, 2007 at 5:53 PM

      Comment #25

      teedub – yes we are. The most important signing now is a good tough right back – if we can only sign one more player we hope we can get a RB in. We’d like a couple of defenders to be safe but a RB is a must. Wonder if Faye can be converted to a RB?

    • Ed Harrison

      Aug 16, 2007 at 5:55 PM

      Comment #26

      teedub – if could sign Diouf he can play on either wing and would complement Zoggy and Milner (and Solano if he stays). We think he’d be a great signing even if he is a bit of a pain in the butt (excuse the pun Nicky).

    • iain

      Aug 16, 2007 at 6:32 PM

      Comment #27

      villa asked about boswinga and were prepared to offer 6m but porto said they wanted 12m even though he has one year on his contract, mind you when they have just sold pepe and anderson for 37m you cant argue that they need the cash.

      i actually think faye could do alrigh at rb, he has the 3 aspects that are missing from carrs game, pace/power/hieght. hes hardly going to be bombing up and down the flanks ala dani alves but i think had faye been at rb vs bolton we would of won 3 nowt.

    • Rich

      Aug 16, 2007 at 6:54 PM

      Comment #28,19528,11678_2665718,00.html

      Skysports news – Faye on his way to the toon.

      good sigining, not a starting 11 plyer but will give us options and plenty of depth.

      we still need a ruddy RB THOUGH!!!!

    • Tom_Toon

      Aug 16, 2007 at 7:03 PM

      Comment #29

      They got 17 mil for pepe not 37.

      Bosingwa, 12 mil, not worth that. He is very good mind.

      6 mil would be good for him.

    • Rich

      Aug 16, 2007 at 7:56 PM

      Comment #30

      Tom Toon, i think he meant 37 for Pepe & Anderson combined.

    • apan

      Aug 16, 2007 at 7:57 PM

      Comment #31


      get riquelme pls

    • iain

      Aug 16, 2007 at 8:59 PM

      Comment #32

      i certainly did rich, cant see porto being too happy if their best 4 players left this summer…

      pepe – madrid 20m
      anderson – man utd 17m
      bosingwa/gonzalez wanted by a few clubs.

    • Ed Harrison

      Aug 16, 2007 at 9:41 PM

      Comment #33

      Rich – I think Faye may surprise us – he’s a very good player and tough as nails. Made some great saving tackles for Bolton in first 45 mins last week – seemed like the only guy who turned up for them in 1st half – great signing – but you’re right – he’ll still find it hard to make our first team – that shows how good our squad is shaping up. At least a couple more good players and we’ll be in business!


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