Finally, after over a day of complete silence on incoming transfers, Newcastle have announced they have signed Abdoulaye Faye from Bolton.
The 29-year-old Senegal star has penned a three-year deal at St.James’ Park. It was certainly worrying for Newcastle fans as the announcement from the club came after midnight Friday, which is the official transfer deadline.
No transfer fee was announced but the fee is understood to have been around â‚¤2M
Abdoulaye Faye - finally signed for Newcastle
Big Sam has been pursuing Faye for weeks and the transfer has dragged on as Bolton seemed to drag their feet as they didn’t want to lose their utility defender. But Faye turned down a good offer from Bolton a week or so ago as he had his heart set on joining his old boss Sam Allardyce at Newcastle.
Faye, who will provide competition at both center-back and defensive midfield and can also play right-back, was finally given permission earlier in the week to complete his protracted Â£2M transfer from Bolton to Newcastle. It’s finally been completed.
Since Newcastle don’t have another game after tomorrow until September 17th, it will give Faye a good two weeks to get used to things at the club.This summer Sam has brought in 8 players so far Viduka, Barton, Geremi, Rozehnal. Cacapa, Smith, Enrique, and Faye. We think these are all strong players and will significantly improve the squad Sam inherited in May. Gone should be the days when Newcastle’s defense was the weak link.
Newcastle were also expected to sign Habib Baye from Marseilles yesterday, and Habib was reported to be in Newcastle to complete the deal, but no news yet from Newcastle management on Beye.