1:47 pm, Thursday, August 16th, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 33 Comments
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 Â£6M to Â£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 Â£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 Â£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 Â£7M which is Â£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 Â£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 sitewhere 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 Â£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
â€œThe past is history.” – Dave Bassett
“And I honestly believe we can go all the way to Wembley – unless somebody knocks us out.” – Dave Bassett
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Health Update - 29 Jan, 2014
Nine days I ago I had another battery of medical tests, and the results I received today show my PSA count as still undetectable, which is a good indication the prostate cancer is still under control, and there is no trace of cancer in the body.
This blog will continue for the foreseeable future.
I have one very important question though - when are Newcastle going to be back in the top four again?
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