Manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed Newcastle have been in talks with Bolton over a move for Abdoulaye Faye.
The Senegal star has constantly been linked with a move to Newcastle recently, and Big Sam confirmed on Thursday the two clubs had indeed been in negotiation over the transfer of the 29-year-old.
With Kieron Dyer having successfully completed his move to West Ham, Big Sam says the club have to be ready to act quickly should the right player become available during the last 2 weeks of the transfer window.
How right he is.
Big Sam – Newcastle will move fast if suitable players become available before August 31st
Sam talked to the Official Newcastle United web-site yesterday afternoon:
“We have been in talks with Bolton over Abdoulaye Faye but I’m not sure how far along they are.”
We think Russell Cushing, who’s Newcastle’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), does most of these negotiations for the club, probably while in close contact with Chris Mort regarding wages and the terms of the contract.
Sam went on:
“There’s certainly room for one more and I’ll have to speak with the chairman and the owner and take it from there.â€
“If one more came in and no more went out then I’d be happy.â€
“We are looking for more players so we’re still going to spend some more money.â€
“Quite how much I’m not sure about and not bothered about because all I’m asking is that when a good player becomes available we don’t hesitate.â€
“That could happen at anytime at this stage of the season and we have to be ready should the right player become available.”
The crazy time for transfers is about to come, when moves are made in the last few days of August. It’s the time when Newcastle used to do most of their transfer business. Sam is very aware that players suddenly become available, and hopefully we’ll have the wheels oiled in case we have to move quickly. With the new procedures Chris Mort has already put in place, we should be able to move quickly should a player Sam wants become available. That’s all Sam is asking for.
The Newcastle Board and Chris Mort have already demonstrated they can move with lightning speed when they have to. A couple of weeks ago we signed Alan Smith, Claudio Cacapa and Jose Enrique in a two day spell and received plaudits from Big Sam himself.
We’d be surprised if we don’t sign at least another two players before the end of August. Two more defenders would be just great including a right back. What do you think?
Comments always welcome.