Sammy Lee, the new Bolton manager, who did very well to steer Bolton to an excellent win over Reading on Saturday (3-0) and relieve pressure on the club and himself, had been keen to pick unsettled Abdoulaye Faye for that game.
But having withdrawn Faye from his squad at the last moment, because Faye was not in the right frame of mind, Lee will not oppose Faye’s departure, although he has tried to get the African to stay at the Trotters for a few weeks now.
Abdoulaye Faye – wants to join Newcastle to link up with Sam Allardyce again
The 29-year-old Senegalese wants to play again for Sam Allardyce, the manager who introduced him to English football. He has already agreed personal terms and passed a medical at Newcastle two weeks ago.
This is what Sammy Lee had to say today:
â€œAbdoulayeâ€™s a terrific character but I couldnâ€™t put him in (against Reading) because his focus wasnâ€™t right.â€
â€œAn awful lot has gone on and I just want the situation resolved and so does he.â€
â€œI hope that happens this week. It has to be resolved this week.â€
The deal is now expected to progress without problems since a fee between the clubs was finally agreed over the weekend and an announcement is thought to be very close. Faye, who has refused for weeks to sign a contract extension at Bolton, has reached an agreement with Newcastle and the difficulties, whatever they were, that delayed the deal have now been sorted out.
We’ve always thought Faye would be a good acquisition for Newcastle, not only because he is well accustomed to Sam’s methods, which will only help the other Newcastle players , but he has also been adamant he wants to join Newcastle. That’s always good to hear and we think Bolton’s loss is Newcastle’s gain.
We await the official word from the club on Faye’s signing â€“ this has been a long wait – but the sooner it happens the better. Then we can go after a new right-back before Friday.