Faye Fee Agreed – Luccin On His Way to Newcastle

News is coming through that Newcastle have finally agreed a fee for Bolton’s Abdoulaye Faye, who was again left out of the Bolton side on Saturday, when they recorded their first win of the season, 3-0 against Reading.

Turns out that Faye missed Bolton’s Premier League game with Reading after being left out of the squad at the last minute. Maybe an agreement came through on Saturday morning – but we have no confirmation of this.


Abdoulaye Faye – finally on his way to Newcastle?

If this news is true we should move quickly to get Faye in, since we need to ensure the defense is adequately stocked in case of injuries.
The 29 year-old, who has one year left on his contract at the Reebok Stadium, will reportedly earn £40K per week on Tyneside.

Faye has impressed since Sam Allardyce brought him into Bolton from Lens in 2005. He will join his former boss at St James’ Park before the transfer window closes this Friday, according to the Daily Mirror. But we think that’s very likely since Sam obviously wants him in the Newcastle squad.


Peter Luccin – is the Frenchman also on his way to Newcastle?

There is also news that Newcastle may be after Athletico Madrid midfielder Peter Luccin. It has been reported that both Birmingham City and Newcastle are chasing the Frenchman, who is expected to leave the Madrid club before Friday.

Portuguese club Benfica have also made contact in the last 48 hours for Luccin but it remains to be seen if Allardyce wants to bring in a midfielder before Friday. Big Sam now has more urgent needs with a right-back his number one priority this week, following injuries yesterday to both Stephen Carr and Pater Ramage.

Luccin looks a typical Allardyce player being 5’11” tall and 28 years-old. He has played for Athletico Madrid 86 times since 2004 and scored 2 goals. Before his time in Madrid he has played for AS Cannes, Bordeaux, Marseilles, PSG and Celta de Vigo. Luccin has played over 300 first class games and scored 12 goals – so he has plenty of experience, though not in the Premier League.

Comments very welcome.

23 comments so far

  • aaron d

    Aug 27, 2007 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #1

    benfica a spanish club?

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 27, 2007 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #2

    aaron – my error – changed it.

  • Edd Case

    Aug 27, 2007 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #3

    lol @ ‘Spanish club Benfica’…

    Anyway, Luccin is a good player, but once again, not exactly a creative player and oour midfield is already looking over crowded.
    Emre, Barton, N’Zog, Butt, Duff, Milner, Geremi, Smith, Solano – then add Luccin – that’ll be 10 midfielders potentially – And I still want bloody Riquelme!
    Some players still to be sold I think…Solano, Emre, Duff perhaps.
    Faye will add depth, which is great.

    But we still desperately need a quality right back.

  • Lamesley Mag

    Aug 27, 2007 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #4

    Faye will be a good addition, know nothing about Luccin and still think Diop will end up at Newcastle this week!

    We need a RB, but who’s it going to be?

    Prefer Solano to stay and think he will, but what about Emre? Will he go this week as he doesn’t fit in the BSA mould; i.e. he’s under 5′ tall and injury prone….

    Not too worry, I’ll always remember Emre for his goal against Sunderland a few seasons ago.

  • Wildbill

    Aug 27, 2007 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #5

    Riquelme would be smashing, he’s the solution to our home game problems. We’r lacking a playmaker. Luccin is a very good midfielder as well, he’s creative and tough at the same time. Probably suited for the Premiership, and definately worth the 3m fee.

    Nice to see that we are finally focusing on a right fullback, Carr is a disgrace and Ramage… He’s a local lad, but still not good enough. Bring in someone like Nelson (Benfica), Reveillere (Lyon) or Mendy (PSG), and we have a stronger defence than ever before!

  • Shaun Dean

    Aug 27, 2007 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #6

    I want DIOP

  • rich

    Aug 27, 2007 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #7


    With players like Diouf, Gudjonsen, Deco, Requelme all confirmed available… and we go for Peter Fricken Luccin? arghhhhhh/!!!!!”L”!”

  • big pea ov the weab

    Aug 27, 2007 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #8

    we need some flair brought to newcastle after yesterdays poor game whos with me

  • Northern Rock

    Aug 27, 2007 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #9


    Can somebody say to Mr. Allardyce that Jari Litmanen is on free?

    He is a true king and in football we would like to see him playing for Toon!!

  • Craig

    Aug 27, 2007 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Faye to earn £40k is a disgrace. It just shows how players take Newcastle to ransom when it comes to contarct negotiations. It’ll be good to get another body there, but I doubt he’ll feature that much – Taylor and Rozehnal have look promising together and Cacapa was impressive yesterday.

    I doubt theres much in the Luccin rumour. We don’t need another defensive midfielder, we need the opposite – someone with creativity.

  • aaron d

    Aug 27, 2007 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Finally, even though we conseeded two goals, our central defense looks pretty good, Taylor, Rozenhal and Cacapa all look quality. N’Zobgia looked very good at left back, but once Enrique is fit, couldn’t N’Zog be the playmaker we are looking for? 3 games, 2 goals and 2 assists as a left back, what could he do in the middle of the park? There was no creativity in the middle yesterday, Smith, Butt and Geremi are more defense minded than attack. Try N’Zogbia in the middle against Barnsley wednesday.
    Team for Wednes.

    Taylor Rozehnal Cacapa Enrique
    Geremi Smith N’Zogbia Milner
    Owen Viduka

    What do you reckon?

  • StevieA

    Aug 27, 2007 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #12

    ^^^ Good team but I wouldn’t play Owen from the start yet. Just keep giving him 30-40 minutes until he is fully fit.

    Play Martins instead. You can see the frustration with Martins because he is only getting half chances at the moment but I think that once Viduka is fit he will make more chances for Oba.

    N’Zogbia is looking fantastic at the moment. We will be a much better team with Enrique at left back and Milner and N’Zogbia bombing forward with smith. That should help us to create more clear chances.

  • StevieA

    Aug 27, 2007 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #13

    I will say it again we need a right back! 😛

  • Hadrian

    Aug 27, 2007 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #14

    dont we have to many ‘typical allerdyce player’ s .
    newcastle has bred some of the finest playmakers and goalscorers in the world , i cant see the fans standing for no flair in the team for much longer .

  • steve k

    Aug 27, 2007 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #15

    Taylor had a poor game yesterday. He was the one responsible for letting Mido get away, and his tackle was poor against a striker who isn’t blessed in the pace department. Cacapa looked great yesterday on the ball, I would be much more comfortable with himself and Rozehnal at the back.

  • ende

    Aug 27, 2007 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #16

    Deco or Riquelme would be great. Little dissaplinted that Baines or Shorey aren’t coming but I hope Enrique is a good fit. But above all we need a RB right now.

  • Greg B

    Aug 27, 2007 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #17

    You say you want a right back? Ill say it again – Johnny Heitinga of Ajax – pure class.
    I think we will make a move for Glenn Johnson (sp?) though as Chelsea seem willing to listen to offers for him.

  • dan

    Aug 27, 2007 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #18

    Anybody…Is faye any good!??
    Isn’t right back was our main problem?

  • Jon Armann

    Aug 27, 2007 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #19

    salgado?? taylor/cacapa ROZ enrique


    Milner/solano Zog/duff


    Viduka/Shola Owen/Martins

    This is it, we will win it like this, stop that 4-3-3 i thing when you play 4-3-3 we have to have wingers that can score, on the either side of the striker, and it would be 4-5-1 in defence role…..

  • Aussie geordie

    Aug 27, 2007 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #20

    This may be sams biggest challange fitting in the young talented players we need to keep playing not only to hold onto to but to ensure we bring their games along. I think we need to have Capaca (perfect tackle last week) and Roz in the back but it will be hard to have Taylor on the bench when he represents so much of the geordie future and the spirirt. I think he should be first choice off the bench for defense and first choice for any cup games against lower ranked opposition. He needs games and one of the key defense is going to get injured sooner or later anyway which will give him his chance.

    The latest injuries are a good thing. It will force Sam and the boards hand to find a quality right back although I would not be suprised if Sam is waiting for one more midfielder to get fit so he can drop Geremi back there. One thing we can see is we are purchasing quality and with one or two more players should be very strong.

    I do hope that Martins does not get too worried about not playing the full 90 mins. He seems to think its more about giving Owen pitch time than him being removed for being ineffective. Again bound to be injuries and he will still get plenty of pitch time so lets hope he keeps a good attitude.

  • Edd Case

    Aug 28, 2007 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #21

    Can anyone tell me what exactly our lot were supposed to have chanted towards Mido that was racist?

  • lee

    Aug 28, 2007 at 7:06 AM

    Comment #22

    apparently they were calling him a terrorist and mido the pedo.

  • dave bulman

    Aug 28, 2007 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #23

    we definetly need a right back,should be splashing the cash and buying top back,not cheap older players.we look good and solid at back,rozenhal looks a great buy and taylor good player just lacks pace.dont agree with the 4-3-3 at moment.smith butt and geremi too similar and no creativity there and martins is a striker not a winger,the last 2 games have been worrying how little width we had and how few chances we created,play geremi at left back and free up a midfield role for emre or barton who when we get fit can offer more attacking options.get nzogbia or duff when back on one wing and milner on the other and get the ball into viduka and martins or owen.


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