After an agonizing wait for Newcastle fans, Newcastle United announced 30 minutes after the transfer deadline closed that they have indeed signed Habib Beye from Marseilles. The 29-year-old Senegal star has signed a three-year deal with Newcastle.
Abdoulaye Faye was earlier announced as having also joined the club – which was also communicated after the transfer deadline.
Both players were targets on Friday, the final day of the transfer window, and it looks like mission accomplished.
Paul Huntington was surprisingly transferred to Leeds United and Nobby Solano was allowed to leave for London club West Ham United on Friday evening.
Habib Beye – the great Marseilles defender signed for Newcastle United Firday
Both the Marseilles club and the player himself have indicated in the last few days that Habib would be joining Newcastle – but like anything in life – especially the good things – it’s never complete until it’s actually announced and all the i’s dotted and the t’s crossed.
Habib is a very experienced and accomplished right-back who stands 5’11″ and is a no-nonsense defender – a typical Sam Allardyce player.
Big Sam had tried to entice Habib back in late June and early July but at that time Beye said he wanted to stay at Marseilles, where he was captain. However, when Allardyce went back for Beye last Monday, following Stephen Carr’s injury on Sunday, Sam’s offer and the draw of a big club now owned by a Billionaire and beginning a brand new era seemed irresistible. No fee was disclosed, but it is expected to be in the region of â‚¤2M.
Habib Beye was born in Paris, is Senegalese and has played 125 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. Beye actually played in both the UEFA Cup games against United in 2004 when Marseilles went through thanks to two superb goals from striker Didier Drogba in Marseilles after the first leg at Newcastle had been tied 0-0.
The season before last he also played both legs against Allardyceâ€™s Bolton Wanderers in the UEFA Cup. Beye will add even more defensive experience in the back four for Newcastle and the competition for starting places in defense is now immense with Beye, Carr, Cacapa, Rozehnal, Taylor, Enrique, Babayaro and N’Zogbia all fighting for a starting position.
One thing Sam Allardyce said he would do first at Newcastle is strengthen our notoriously weak defense. With the defenders he has brought in (Beye, Faye, Cacapa, Rozehnal, Enrique) he has done that. We should be very hard to beat now because once our defense settles in within the next few weeks, and get to know each other, they should be awesome – as will the defenders on the bench.
It’s mission accomplished by Newcastle management – again – but in the next transfer window can we please have all the transfers in and announced – before the actual end of the transfer window.
However, we must admit it adds that extra excitement, when the deals are announced by the club after the transfer window closes, but it’s not too good for the nerves
We had over 350 comments on our last article on Paul Huntington, as the transfer deadline went past midnight and fans were starting to get a little worried – but it all turned out well in the end.Â Certainly Ashley, Mort, Allardyce and the rest of the Newcastle management team are showing they are no slouches and can get the job done – that’s just great for the future of the club.