Major Newcastle News Stories – 31st August – 2007


The next 48 hours is going to be important to Newcastle United.

We need to do two important things. One is to sign Habib Beye and Abdoulaye Faye today and the second thing is to beat Wigan tomorrow.

Then we’ll have over two weeks before the next game against Derby away, and Newcastle fans will be very happy.

It’s all very simple isn’t it? 😀

Any news of signings today will come on the Official Newcastle United web-site.

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  • We have a report on the imminent signing of Faye and Beye today. We know that Faye passed a medical yesterday and we expect the deal to be tied up soon. We also understand that Habib Faye flew into Newcastle last night to spend today tying up his move to Newcastle. Part of that will be undergoing a medical. If there are not any last minute problems we expect bioth players to join Newcastle before midnight tonight. That will be great news because it will significantly strengthen the defense. In fact Big Sam will be spoiled for choice as to who he plays in each position across the back-line.
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    Habib Beye – expected to have medical and sign today

  • We have our preview of the Newcastle Wigan game tomorrow and expect a win. A clean sheet has to be the aim tomorrow following our decent performance on Wednesday against Barnsley. We expect Cacapa to start and Steven Taylor to be at right-back with Harper retaining his position in goal. Newcastle favorite (and fan) Antoine Sibierski has a hamstring problem which may keep him out of the game but Titus Bramble is expected to play some part in the game.
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    Newcastle vs Wigan Match Review on the Forum

  • There was news yesterday that American Danny Szetela was set to join Newcastle. Szetela plays for the Columbus Crew in the MLS and was a star player for the US Under-20 team in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Canada during the summer. He just turned 20 in June and is one for the future. Danny was offered a 4 year contract with Roma but seems to have turned that down to play at his preferred destination – England. It looks like Newcastle will tie this one up today. Danny is 5’11” and is a powerful central midfield player. He will cost almost nothing so not much of a chance being taken and the deal could pay off big time for us.
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    Danny Szetela– 20 year-old New Jersey born midfielder to sign for Newcastle today?

  • Excellent interview today that Michael Owen gives to Paul Gilder of the Journal. Looks like Michael is ready to play as many times as possible for Newcastle and he’ll have to fight it out with Oba Martins for the starting position. We still think Oba will start tomorrow. It was good to see both players score on Wednesday even though they were never on the pitch together.
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    Michael Owen – looking forward to playing many games for Newcastle this season – good.

  • Great article on the Official Newcastle United web site where popular player Antoine Sibierski says he’ll be a Newcastle United fan forever. There’s never been a player that made such an impact at the club with his very positive and upbeat attitude and the fact he loved his time at the club and at Newcastle itself. If he plays tomorrow we’re sure he’ll get a fantastic reception – and he deserves it. Newcastle fans love players who love the club – and Antoine certainly loves Newcastle United – forever.
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    Antoine Sibierski – the Newcastle United fan will get terrific reception tomorrow

  • Our new site has been nominated for ‘Best Sports Blog’ as part of the Bloggers Choice Awards. If you would like to vote for us you can do so here. You can also browse through other nominations you can vote for.
    Ahmed Bilal’s site SoccerLens was also nominated and you can vote for Ahmed’s site here.
    I don’t know too much about these awards to be honest and certainly don’t consider myself a professional journalist – I’m a dedicated Newcastle fan writing about the club I’ve supported all my life after finally retiring – and loving it. bloggers-choice-nominee.gif
  • Finally here’s some choice football quotes – today from the great Uncle Bobby – one of our heroes – to lighten up the day 😀

    “The first 90 minutes are the most important.” – Bobby Robson

    “Where do you get an experienced player like him with a left foot and a head?” – Bobby Robson

    “He’s got his legs back, of course, or his leg – he’s always had one but now he’s got two.” – Bobby Robson

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62 comments so far

  • Soren

    Aug 31, 2007 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #1

    We are heading for a very exciting time for Newcastle 😀

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  • rich

    Aug 31, 2007 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #2

    RUMOUR MILL: Up in the north-east, Shady77’s got a message from his Dad who works at Teesside airport and has seen Newcastle chairman Chris Mort going out to greet someone off a private jet that flew in from Barcelona. Deco maybe?

    i think that American under-20 rumour is pants, i havent seen anyone credible reporting anything about the American yet.

    I just hope Beye & Faye sign, anyone else will be an added bonus.

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  • Rave

    Aug 31, 2007 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Heard that the deal for Faye could be held up over work permit difficulties.
    hope it will be solved be the deadline!

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  • rich

    Aug 31, 2007 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Rumour: Some times for your diary. Alex T has dropped us a line via 81111 to let us know Deco, Abdoulaye Faye, Habib Beye are due to meet their new team-mates at 1400 BST.

    PLEASE LET THIS BE TRUE!!!!!

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  • nightfall

    Aug 31, 2007 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #5

    i juts read middlesbrough made an enquiry for shola… is this true? if it is…sell him…we have to many great strikers…

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  • rich

    Aug 31, 2007 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #6

    @ ED – SIB Is ruled out for tommorows game thankfully.

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  • rich

    Aug 31, 2007 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #7

    this boards dead today, i thought their would of been heaps of people swapping rumours etc.. but seems NIghtfall and i are the only ones!!!

    Nolans being linked with us now, wether or not these rumours area real or not at least we have things going on where as august 31st 2006 we were the quietest team in the transfer market, infact in the whole window we hardly made a squeek.

    Im keeping everything crossed the Deco rumours are true, we cant rely on Emre.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 31, 2007 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #8

    rich – good – one less who can score.

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  • Rave

    Aug 31, 2007 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #9

    hey rich, how u got the rumour about Nolan?

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 31, 2007 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #10

    rich – i wouldn’t hold my breath on Deco – although Sam may have a surprise up his sleeve but I doubt it. Hey – he’s done the right thing and strengthened our defense – big time. We should get plenty of points by HJan – and then maybe that’s phase 2 which would include a creative player – depending how Barton and Emre do. It’s now a strong squad – and Barton starts training again 2 weeks on Monday. He looked great when he was playing for us don’t forget

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  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 31, 2007 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #11

    rich – sorry mate but i posted the rumours about Deco and J.Cole about an hour before you on the Faye and Beye story.
    It would appear that no one is that interested though.
    Let’s just hope for some official new soon, eh?

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 31, 2007 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #12

    rich – there were rumors circulating in Newcastle last night that Requilme, Deco and Ronaldhino were in a Newcastle hotel last night (the Marriott in Gosforth) – did you hear about it – they said they hope to sign today for Newcastle today – honest.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 31, 2007 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #13

    We also have to remember that this is the last day of silly season – so expect some really silly rumors. Who made up the rumor on Deco?

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  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 31, 2007 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Best rumor of the day so far has to be Boumsong to Liverpool. I’d almost sacrifice us getting Deco to see him make a mess of the scousers back four. Almost…

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  • Darren

    Aug 31, 2007 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Mort was leaving Teeside airport, any private jet with an incoming player would have landed at Newcastle, time is tight and there is no need for secrecy on the last day.

    He could still be going to meet a player though!

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  • Hammy

    Aug 31, 2007 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #16

    C’mon guys…relax….let’s just wait for the press conference…..
    I’d settle for Beye and Faye as long as it’s not Amdy.

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  • ToonJon

    Aug 31, 2007 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #17

    There is no point saying rumours cause it seems that certain players are in about 5 different locations at the same time.

    I don’t want rumours i want official news. Good official news.

    I hope we get Beye and Faye and maybe one or two others.

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  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 31, 2007 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Ed – a certain Shady77’s dad who work’s at Teesside Airport apparently saw Chris Mort arriving to meet a private jet from Barcelona.
    Not sure why he would fly into Teesside – if I was him i’d take one look at the place and fly straight back out again.

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  • roscoe

    Aug 31, 2007 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #19

    Marseille captain Habib Beye has confirmed he will join Newcastle on a four-year deal today after arriving on Tyneside yesterday.
    “I have decided to leave, initially, because it is an offer of a large club, which had been on the table for a month. I had refused it because I wished to remain in Marseilles and to play in the Champions League. But then it became an offer that, financially, I could not refuse.”

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  • Hammy

    Aug 31, 2007 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #20

    At least the guy is honest….Champions league or treble your pay?
    Who says you need European football to attract players.

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  • Chris

    Aug 31, 2007 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #21

    Rich! Rumours are what newspaper’s do to sell newspapers. I don’t see the point of our own fans spreading rumours. We’ll only be gutted when they don’t come off.
    If the Deco rumours are true then I’ll take my hat of to you, but we all know it’s Ronaldinho! LOL!
    No offence mate, but I have just had a flashback of the last transfer window slamming shut, and me feeling devastated!

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  • aaron d

    Aug 31, 2007 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #22

    does any one know what happened to Oliver Bernard? We released him but has he signed for any one?

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  • Hammy

    Aug 31, 2007 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #23

    I’m sure I saw him working at Mcdonalds in Westerhope…he’d put a bit of weight on but it was defo him.

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  • leo

    Aug 31, 2007 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #24

    is that airport you are referring to really called teeside airport? because i know which airport you mean, it is on the edge of the tyne river, (the north side) and isnt too bad a location, i dont think. maybe im thinking of a different airport, because why would it be called teeside airport? anyone know???

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  • nightfall

    Aug 31, 2007 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #25

    we don’t need deco…we have enough creative midfielders…we have emre, barton and n’zogbia…

    our squad…when all fit that is:

    ………………given
    beye cacapa rozehnal enrique
    milner geremi n’zogbia duff
    ……….martins viduka

    subs: harper, taylor, butt (smith), barton, owen

    we only need beye….that’s it!

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  • Viktor Laszlo

    Aug 31, 2007 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Last year was a huge disappointment, but in 2005 I remember the joy when the Owen deal went through (and hopefully we’ll start to see the effects from now on 😉 )…

    I’d love to see Deco join ‘castle, but I’m happy with Faye/Beye. Let’s hope we don’t drop the ball with them!

    Rumour-wise it’s been pretty tame. We need some more airport dads reporting private jets! Come on!

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  • roscoe

    Aug 31, 2007 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #27

    Nightfall –

    barton on the bench!

    Are you crazy????

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  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 31, 2007 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #28

    still think Owen starts every time when fit.

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  • roscoe

    Aug 31, 2007 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #29

    owen and martins up front!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Obafan

    Aug 31, 2007 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #30

    Love those last days of the transfer period; the rumours, peo;ple beliveing everything, new stories about players who ae for the 1ste time being linked with a club.

    Off all the potential new players; there is 1 which I really hope will be true; that’s the Beye transfer, because:
    1. we defenitely need a new RB.
    2. he is pure quality, will be a top transfer of the EPL season together with Cacapa
    3. the guy is as honnest as can be; didn’t jump on the first deal, because he wanted to think about it and now he sees that NUFC is building a fantastic team and he wants to be part of it. Fantastic!!!!

    Faye will also be a very good addittion to our squad, because;
    1. he knows the EPL and is experienced with it; 2 thing BS was looking for
    2. BS knows the player and all his other transfers were players which he watched but not really knew like he knows Faye and they all are quality. He already worked a lot with Faye and knows him very good, so he also must be a quality player. I see him playing in the role of Butt.

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  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 31, 2007 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #31

    Obafan – didn’t Beye say the reason he eventually agreed to come to the Toon was because we offered him a staggering amount of money? And not because BSA was building a fantastic team.

    Not that I’m complaining.

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  • Obafan

    Aug 31, 2007 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #32

    Toon CHicken – yes, you’re right, but if he only wanted to come for the money then he would have been here last mont as a new player. Now he sees that things are going very good at the toon, but not at l’OM (which he stated last month as one reason to stay because l’OM would have a fantastic team). So I think it’s a combination of:
    1. NUFC building a new team and also took a good start in the EPL
    2. l’OM can’t find a good rhythm and missed their start completely
    3. Off course the financial aspect, which he also mentions

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  • Jag

    Aug 31, 2007 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #33

    Think the Deco rumour could well have legs …. NUFC.com now reporting it and hey are usually reliable and only report rumours on very rare occasions …
    And you’ve missed the story of the day …. Mort and Ash on the lash after the game and spending £2500 in Blu Bamboo … and managing to resist calling us mugs for buying rip off shirts or the women dogs … lol
    Looks like Ash is here to stay so hope the doubters are silenced soon
    And will he cap the week off with a massive signing he said he wanted a while back that would make the football world sit up and take noticed we’ve arrived …

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  • StevieA

    Aug 31, 2007 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #34

    I think the Deco rumour will become true. When you think about it we have been in talks with him for some time now, we have met with Deco etc and I really think they are just waiting for the right time to make a move.

    This could well be the best time because he probably won’t get a place in Barca’s 1st team now and no doubt they will sign one or two new players (as always!).

    So it’s our opportunity to make him feel welcome and he could be the signing of the season if we get him for £4 or £5 Million. Or perhaps on loan with a view of a permanent signing?

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  • sean

    Aug 31, 2007 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #35

    it says on wikipedia which is a factfile full of information if u type in deco and then look under current club it says newcastle !! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deco

    scroll down and its on the right

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  • Chris

    Aug 31, 2007 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #36

    Sean. You can actually edit wikipedia yourself. So I wouldn’t read too much into that.

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  • Rich

    Aug 31, 2007 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #37

    where do u see that sean? it still says barcelona? only thing i read was he was linked with newcastle united! hope its true tho

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  • Hammy

    Aug 31, 2007 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #38

    Sean…..what have you had for lunch???? unless you spell Newcastle….
    FC BARCELONA….I’m afraid you’re seeing things.

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  • sean

    Aug 31, 2007 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #39

    sorry my mistake lol. hope that beye and deco come not to sure bout faye because of his work permit issue …

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  • Darren

    Aug 31, 2007 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #40

    Somebody has been altering wikipedia – it mentions Teeside airport

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