Habib Beye Joins Newcastle


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.

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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 ₤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 Allardyce’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.  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.

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37 comments so far

  • AlexW

    Sep 1, 2007 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #1

    WOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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  • Sandman

    Sep 1, 2007 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Copied the last paragraph from a previous post by accident, Ed? 😉

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  • Midjew

    Sep 1, 2007 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #3

    Erm bit confused by your article Ed – Havent we already signed him???

    LOL

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 1, 2007 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #4

    er

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  • AlexW

    Sep 1, 2007 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #5

    i hear arsenal have signed diara, he would of been good in black and white

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  • Darren

    Sep 1, 2007 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #6

    Jesus ED – I didn’t know he was six foot eleven, he’ll be great at corners 😉

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  • WelshWizard

    Sep 1, 2007 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #7

    Ajax sign LUQUE but no mention on nufc.co.uk

    http://english.ajax.nl/web/show/id=154814/contentid=63893

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  • Rich

    Sep 1, 2007 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #8

    hehe looks like you didnt notice the last part wasnt his history Ed!

    I feel all warm and fuzzy inside now we dont have to rely on Carr.

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  • StevieA

    Sep 1, 2007 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #9

    We have signed Beye 🙂

    Quality signing. Best of luck Beye! You won’t regret joining us son! 🙂

    I think we have a champions league level defence now. Champions league level goalkeeper, Uefa Cup midfield and Champions league strikers.

    One right winger/creative player away from a Champions league midfield!

    Just shows we will be strong this season.

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  • Hog

    Sep 1, 2007 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #10

    Yeah so has luque gone? It’s on teamtalk’s transfer centre but not skysports’,

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  • Rich

    Sep 1, 2007 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #11

    im confused Ed – Your arctile says hes 6’11 then says in the next paragraph hes almost 6′?

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  • StevieA

    Sep 1, 2007 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #12

    To all the people who said we didn’t need a right back!

    Stick Sams signing in your pipe!

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  • StevieA

    Sep 1, 2007 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #13

    Yeah Luques gone I just don’t think they are making a song and dance about it.

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  • Edd Case

    Sep 1, 2007 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #14

    C’mon people, give Ed a break, I bet he’s cream crackered!

    Who really cares about the odd typo here and there, Faye AND Beye HAVE BOTH SIGNED – that’ll do me.

    Night night peeps.

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  • Jamie Stanton

    Sep 1, 2007 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #15

    This guy is immense, trust me this is BS’s biggest signing yet

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  • StevieA

    Sep 1, 2007 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #16

    We have never had so many quality defenders! 🙂

    They should be a force to be reckoned with. Perhaps we can make St James’s Park into a fortress again? That alone would almost guarantee us Uefa Cup football.

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  • AlexW

    Sep 1, 2007 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #17

    Enrique, Rozenhal, Cacapa, Barton, Smith, Geremi, Viduka, Faye, Beye……………..9 great signings, shame about nobby, dyer and parker, but i honestly couldnt see any of them 3 making a starting line up anyway, but yeah am one happy chappy 😀

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  • StevieA

    Sep 1, 2007 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #18

    (At the least!) 🙂

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  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 1, 2007 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #19

    On the initial comments – sorry about that – it hit newsnow before it was quite ready – should be OK now 😀

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  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 1, 2007 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #20

    Yes – saw i initially put 6’11” – corrected it quickly to 5’11” – Freudian slip – hard to type when your excited
    😀

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  • Jamie Stanton

    Sep 1, 2007 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #21

    One thing that worries me as I try and pull my head out of my PC and into bed. The heartbreaking, earth moving, quite frankly drop ya pants and wish you’d never been born vision of “Tit Head Bramble” rising unchallanged and nutting the winner past Given in the last minute tommorrow. Please god don’t let that happen. That surley can’t happen. Can it?

    Night all

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  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 1, 2007 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #22

    How does Sam keep all these back 4 players happy?

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  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 1, 2007 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #23

    Jamie – you are already asleep and having a nightmare.

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  • Lunghit

    Sep 1, 2007 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #24

    This is soooooo great, I just can`t believe it!!

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  • Darren

    Sep 1, 2007 at 2:01 AM

    Comment #25

    Don’t worry about us having too many defenders Ed, most of our trouble at the back has been the lack of competition. Nothing focuses the mind better than the thought of getting dropped, Titus Shambles & Boumsong knew they were almost guaranteed a place as we didn’t have the depth in numbers.

    Plus we can go away to Chelsea & Man U and play the lot of ’em!

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  • Chris F

    Sep 1, 2007 at 2:03 AM

    Comment #26

    cya nobby, you shall be missed more than dyer.

    plus, cheers for the pint you bought me whilst tryin to chat up my ex-girlfriend, you dirty peruvian sod.

    no wonder his mrs left him and moved to london!

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  • Sandman

    Sep 1, 2007 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #27

    Enrique – Cacapa – Rozenhal – Beye —– First choice

    Babayaro – Taylor – Faye – Carr —– Backups.

    Edgar and Ramage —– Reserves

    Quality players in the starting line up. Youth in Enrique, experience in Beye and Cacapa, and Rozenhal is in between.

    Only Taylor and Faye fill me with any confidence from our back ups, and I can’t ever see Ramage or Edgar being first team material.

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  • Ross G

    Sep 1, 2007 at 2:08 AM

    Comment #28

    Still think we are lacking a creative midfielder. Deco would have made my day just imagine:
    Given
    Beye, Taylor, Rozehnal, Enrique
    Geremi, Barton, Deco
    Martins, Viduka, Milner

    wait til Jan then.

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  • Darren

    Sep 1, 2007 at 2:13 AM

    Comment #29

    Actually if we do go away to the top teams we could stifle them – yes I’d prefer great attacking football but I’ve been watching Newcastle @ Man U since 1984 and never seen us win.

    This team would stifle them surely, with a chance of a counter attack……..

    Given

    Taylor Cacapa Rozenhal

    Beye Enrique
    Geremi Butt Barton

    Owen Martins

    Two fast blokes up front for counter attacks, no need for Viduka holding it up, nine men back and two speed merchants ready to explode.

    Or is it just beer talking, must go to bed!

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  • Darren

    Sep 1, 2007 at 2:16 AM

    Comment #30

    Well the formation looked fine till I pressed submit – 5-3-2 anyway

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  • evil dick

    Sep 1, 2007 at 2:58 AM

    Comment #31

    our team looks so solid now! howay lets smash wigan tonight!

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  • MightyMilburn

    Sep 1, 2007 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #32

    I must admit that BSA has certainly delivered what he promised.. Tighten up the defensive shores.. As so many other have stated on this blog (and other sites) our defense seems to be the best – right now – as it has ever been!

    I hope that whomever plays at the back will finally rid us of that unflattering title “of having a leaky defense”..

    This season does look soo very promising (if the team can gel – I mean 5-6 new starters in the side PLUS playing a new formation).. but Offense will win you games.. Defense wins you championships/titles..

    HOWAY THE LADS!!!!

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  • Hadji

    Sep 1, 2007 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #33

    Champions league here we come.My internet connetion was down so i couldn’t join the nail bitting drama in the last hour of the transfer window.From what i see now ,is that it was quite full of tension especially the huge argument with Shean Dean,Dragoner about Paul Huntington.I really think that he should have been loaned not sold.He even has a name to be a Star.You know that names have a huge impact on your career for ex:
    David Beckham,what would happen if his name was Artim Sakiri.Paul Huntington sounded like a stage name.It was Ramage who should have showned the door.

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  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 1, 2007 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #34

    BSA has brought in the players to sort out the defence, now he needs to do it on the park. No more excuses, he now has strength in depth to select players on performance; i.e. if they don’t perform, others will be brought on do it for them.

    Hoping that we have a good start to season and during the January transfer window, BSA is given the cash to fine tune the defence and midfield/attack if required…….

    I expect a top 6 finish and with a little luck, maybe a little cup to go along with it!

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  • Tez

    Sep 1, 2007 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #35

    I am so happy with what Sam has done since joining. Every other manager that has come in has bought a defender to attempt to solve the problem(and spent the rest on luxury buys). But Sam has done what I wanted – got rid of the defence and replaced it with a whole new one.

    Another point is – how many times have u seen a player bought and stuck staight in the team (not been ready) and then never given a chance to gel. Sam has done what the other big managers do – put them in when ready (Cacapa & Enrique) , Souness would of had both playing the day after they signed.

    Anyone know if luque did actually go to Ajax?

    Nobby Solano will always be a gordie to me!!!

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  • Obafan

    Sep 1, 2007 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #36

    YES YES YES YES YES, they’ve signed one f my favourite defenders, Habib Beye. I’m thinking of changing my nick here 😉 . No seriously what a performance by Big Sam, Mort and Ashley to realise whet they have done during the transfer window. Just superb, Fat Freddy what would he think now??

    I think that Beye and Cacapa are the 2 best transfers we have realised now. Don’t misunderstand me the others are also superb, but I see Beye and Cacapa play a massif role in the strength of our defence, which needed to be rebuild.

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    Beye Cacapa Rozehnal Enrique (what a defence that is); very hard to get through and they also have the quality to build up an attack. Not like Ramage and Bramble kicking the ball upfront without thinking.

    I think that Beye can’t play today, but I would love him to see at the pitch this afternoon.

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  • david veitch

    Sep 3, 2007 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #37

    Sam really means business, and l bet he is glad he did’nt become the England manager.
    Sam has done in one transfer window a remarkable job, a totally transformed defence which I believe to be top 5 quality and also with the addition of Viduka a truely fearsome set of strikers.
    Its going to be interesting to see the impact Barton has on the field soon and I bet Sam’s nearly ready to start phase two of the long term plan to make our club great. Also I think Sam’s a year ahead of schedule, wonderful is’nt it!

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