The transfer of Abdoulaye Faye has been dragging on now for about a week, when each day we are hoping the Newcastle will sign the Bolton player.
It has already been reported that Faye has turned down an improved contract offer that would have almost tripled his current â‚¤7K/week wages. So it’s clear that Faye does not see his future at the Lancashire club.
But can we get him to Newcastle before the transfer window closes?
Abdoulaye Faye – still on his way to Newcastle?
Reports coming in yesterday suggested the hold-up was on the Newcastle end of the transfer with Newcastle haggling with Bolton over the â‚¤2M fee. Reports even suggested that Bolton may pull out of the negotiations.
While we don’t know the details of what exactly the disagreement is about â€“ from a fans viewpoint â€“ it seems rather strange we are not willing to pay â‚¤2M for Faye â€“ who is exactly the type of defender to improve our squad. Maybe Faye will not be a starter in the back four but he can also play in defensive midfield and is a proven performer in the Premiership.
Sam is hoping he can bring in at least one new player before the transfer window slams shut on August 31st and this is what he had to say yesterday on the transfer situation at Newcastle:
“Sadly there’s no movement on the transfer front at the moment. I’m just hoping we’ll get one in this week and I’ll keep hoping.”
“But I’m very happy with the squad we’ve got. “
“The concern is the international players going away and then coming back without any injuries, but of course it’ll be good to see Jose Enrique getting fitter, Michael Owen playing for England and Emre getting some match practice for Turkey.â€
“Hopefully they’ll come back fitter and adding to the strength in depth of the squad.”
“That’ll be very good, we’re moving forward OK and come Friday we want to have as big a squad available for Middlesbrough.”
We think it would be good to get Faye in â€“ as quickly as we can – but the surprising thing is that Sam is not going after a right back. We may be short in that position â€“ especially if Nobby Solano leaves us. There has been news we are after Juliano Belletti of Barcelona for a fee of around â‚¤3M, which seems reasonable, and there has been talk about actual terms being agreed with the player at around â‚¤40K/week.
However, while we suspect something is going on with Belletti, it may be that we don’t get him in before the end of August, although we’d like to see him in the squad. We can only think that with Faye coming in would allow Geremi to move to right-back so our back four would be something like:
Geremi Taylor Rozehnal Enrique
But exactly who Cacapa displaces to make the team is anyone’s guess. A good end to the transfer window would be to get both Faye and Belletti at the club for a total of â‚¤5M – then at least our defense will have strength in depth and we can move on from there.
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