Both Faye and Beye To Sign for Newcastle United


News is breaking that Marseille captain Habib Beye is all set to join Newcastle United.

This was announced on Wednesday evening by the French club’s president Pape Diouf.

Abdoulaye Faye was also at the Newcastle Barnsley Carling Cup game at St James’ Park tonight, so it looks very much like Faye will also be joining Newcastle – with things to be finalized tomorrow.

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Habib Beye – joining Newcastle – at last

This is what Marseilles President Diouff said tonight:

“Habib made us aware that he wants to leave Marseille,”

“An English club, Newcastle, has made contact with us and an accord for the departure of our captain is imminent.”

The 29-year-old Beye, who plays at right back and can also play at center back, joined Marseille from Strasbourg four years ago and has made 129 league appearances and scored four times for the French club.

Manager Sam Allardcye had pursued Beye weeks ago and we had a Transfer Update on Beye on July 3rd when it looked likely he would join Newcastle. But Sam was unable to persuade Beye to leave Marseilles at the time – but this is now a real coup for Newcastle and Sam Allardyce.

Beye is heavily experienced and stands 6′ tall and can play either right back or center back and is currently captain of French club Marseilles. The capture of Beye will be another player to fit straight into Newcastle’s defense and it gives Allardyce selection problems with so many tall, experienced and rugged defenders to choose from 😀

It’s also interesting that Habib is captain at Marseilles which is similar to center back Cacapa who captained French club Lyon to six successive French championships. Not only are we getting experienced defenders in who are used to winning but they also have good leadership skills.

The transfer fees for both Beye and Faye, who are both Senegalese, is thought be in the region of ₤2M. Here are some facts regarding Beye – who is a very experienced player.

Habib Beye was born in Paris, is Senegalese and has played 129 times for Marseilles scoring 4 goals. He joined Marseilles in 2003 from RC Strasbourg – where he played 134 games scoring 8 goals and was a firm crowd favorite. He is rated a very accomplished defender in French football and prefers to play at right back – although he is also comfortable at center-back. He made substitute appearances in Senegal’s matches in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, against Denmark, Uruguay and Sweden, and is now a regular feature in the Senegalese starting line up.

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62 comments so far

  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #1

    That’ll be Habib Beye, Ed! (check the caption with the pic)
    I’ll let you off though – exciting times for the toon.

    We now have 6 PROPER defenders – when was the last time we could say that? Certainly not in my time.

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  • toonfan1

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #2

    cant wait to see what Beye offers to the team!!! i heard he is a fantastic player in the french league and if this is true £2 million is a bargain andthis is compared to other managers who fork out ridiculous amounts of money for crap players e.g. boumsong £8m, Luque £9.5m etc etc!!!Big Sam has worked his magic again!!! carling cup here we come!!!

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  • toonfan1

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #3

    hey ed any chance to get a link for the goals of the game now? if not maybe a link for 2mrw!! very thankful

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  • toonfan1

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #4

    last post!!! how good was jose enrique 2night!!! i hope he can play for saturday

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  • richupindisbiatch

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #5

    SUPER PLAYER WITH GREAT UPPER BODY STRENGTH AND PACE IS JUS WOT NEWCASTLE NEEDED TO FILL THE RIGHT BACK PROBLEM. NOW GET RID OF CARR

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #6

    Toon Chicken – i had to look a few times before i saw the error – Habib Faye – so excited about the deal – tried to get it out quickly.
    We had covered Habaib late June and early July for a while – so it’ll be interesting to see how Sam did this.
    I had a piece ready for tomorrow saying we knew Sam was after Habib but very low chance of getting him. Sam seems magic in these transfer dealings.
    9 players in – what quality for so little money.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #7

    toonfan1 – yes i’ll make a point of putting something up – from somewhere. They usually come out after a couple of hours. Glad we got through – a win and clean sheet is what we need in nearly every game.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #8

    toonfan1 – we said 2M for Beye – because that was the fee mentioned back in early July – i cannot believe it. Our bench is going to be so strong – and our defensive worries will surely disappear.
    Now for 3 points on Saturday.

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  • Tommie

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #9

    Another African player? Not to dampen the spirit… but what happens in January when all these (first team) players are away?!
    Beye, Faye, Geremi are the three that are vital! That add to that Oba..
    Thats 4 first teamers gone for a month atleast!

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #10

    Tommie – excellent point.
    Solano Rozehnal Taylor Enrique will be back four ?

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  • Magpie Neil

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #11

    Please can someone post a link to the goals tonight!

    Would be much appreciated!

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  • TOON1

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #12

    Absolutely over the moon ,Emre came through 55mins ,Barton to come back,faye in the crowd and Beye on his way ,what a great couple of days for big sam.Owen came through and scored ,and oba popping in another cracker.Hope enrique enjoyed it tonight and is raring to go on sat .What a squad we have now!!!!

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  • JEFFBRUM

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #13

    ….NOT FORGETTING CACAPA ED.

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  • Tez

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Now I am glad chelsea got bellitti !!! Beye, on my opinion is a much better prospect for our team.

    🙂 hope he signs soon!

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  • Tommie

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #15

    Solano… will he stay now Dyer has had a double break at West Ham… Curbishly said he will spend, and he could do worse than Solano.

    Fingers crossed that will be the back four come January/Febuary…
    I still fear we are back to the same old problem? Rozenhal will get injured getting out of bed (knowing our luck), Enrique will possibly be injured too, then we have very little on the bench….

    I’d still love another non-african defender, even if its just a loan deal… Glen Johnston anyone?!

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  • toonfan1

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #16

    ed i think the team(4-4-2) will be when january comes (african nations)
    Given, Carr, Rozenhal, Cacapa, Enrique, Milner, Barton, Smith, N’Zogbia, Viduka and Martins/Owen

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  • ben warman

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #17

    All’s I wana say for now is “get on the donkey!” no more stunted minger at rb, just pure quality!

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  • Tommie

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #18

    toonfan1… Oba = Nigeria… I’m sure they playing in the African Nations cup?

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  • roscoe

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #19

    faye will not be starting I’m afraid Tommie.

    Back four: Enrique Roz Cacapa Beye

    Team when Africans away:
    ………Owen Viduka
    Nzogbia Butt Barton Milner
    Enrique Roz Cacapa Solano
    …………..Given

    thats what a good squad does for you!!!

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  • toonfan1

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #20

    oh yeah thxs Tommie!!! sorry about that!!! definately owen up front then and this would give him a chance to cement his place!!!

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  • Tommie

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #21

    Don’t get me wrong everyone. I know we have a good TEAM when the african nations starts… but looking on the bench for the UNDOUBTED injuries we get… I’d prefer one more defensive player on loan!

    Look what happened to Chelsea last year!

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  • Tez

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #22

    Did anyone get to see the toon match?

    Goals any good?
    Who performed well?
    Enrique and Cacapa play well?

    Any links to highlights yet?

    Thanks

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  • toonfan1

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #23

    i cant really see butt being played ahead of smudge so i think butt will be a squad player when barton is match fit and smudge will sit along side him

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  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #24

    Back four in January – Enrique, Cacapa, Rozenhal, Solano
    Sub back 4 in Jan – Babayaro, Edgar/Huntington, Taylor, Carr

    Hopefully we will strengthen again in Jan, but it proves we won’t be down to the bare ones during the African Nations Cup.

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  • Tommie

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #25

    Is Babayaro definatly retired from international footy then? Or just not selected…?

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  • toonfan1

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #26

    i heard that cacapa played very well and so did enrique but they didnt have much to do because barnsley didnt attack much. N’Zogbia played well again down the left and looks like he’ll be a massive asset this season as well as milner!! i think we should start a campaign to get milner an england call!!!

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  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #27

    I think he fell out with the coach and kind of stepped down. Then again he seems to have done the same thing at NUFC!!!

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  • Tommie

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #28

    N Zog a French call!!!

    He has been the best player so far this season!

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  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #29

    the above was for Tommie, about Babayaro

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  • toonfan1

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #30

    i totally forgot about babayaro!!! he is back in training but hopefully he will be happy playin a bit part role for newcastle just like he has done all of his nufc career

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  • mac

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #31

    How about we keep quiet about Zog and Milner and hope the national coaaches don’t ever see them so there’s no chance of them being injured playin for there countries. Any news on the game? How did the bull and Cacapa get on. Roll on Saturday

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  • cupiddstunt

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #32

    Wot nobody think Taylor can get a place in the back four????

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  • Tommie

    Aug 29, 2007 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #33

    Taylor needs to be rotated with Cacapa… Maybe during the African Cup he can slot in at right back, but another whole season will put pressure on him!
    Rotate him, and wacth him captain England in 5/6 years!

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  • rob the geordie

    Aug 29, 2007 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #34

    cacapa was brilliant tonight zog fantastic to the goal for owen will do him the world of good and he also looked quite sharp,martins was a decent finish even if he did handle it in the run up to the finish…..happy days me thinks

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  • James

    Aug 29, 2007 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #35

    Owen Viduka
    Zogbia Smith Barton Milner
    Enrique Cacapa Rozenhal Beye
    Given

    Long Term Side

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  • Keep Oba

    Aug 29, 2007 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #36

    Well…the Africa cup will be in January. If we need a player or two for cover or if we are making a cup run or a run for a place in europe, there is a transfer window that opens then. granted it will be full of people looking to cover their african losses, its still an opportunity. We will just have to see whats going on then. Also I know he is a fan favourite and all, but Carr should be ok in January. Ramage not so much…

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  • dragoner

    Aug 30, 2007 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #37

    is everyone forgetting about our lack of creativity in central midfield, emre never performs to his highest due to injury and joey barton aint exactly Deco is he, its really gonna hold us back this season cos theres no point havin great striker is we cant get the ball to them

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  • gordon

    Aug 30, 2007 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #38

    Alan Smith is never a midfield player.

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  • Jeff D

    Aug 30, 2007 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #39

    maclaren could do a lot worse than replace dyer with Milner in the England squad…..any thoughts?

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  • dragoner

    Aug 30, 2007 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #40

    milner isn’t quite up to dyers level yet but hes definitely got the potential to be better than dyer, simply because he aint scared to have a shot on goal, wot do you think about the central midfield problems we have

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