Sam Allardyce finally completed his summer transfer business last night but waited really late to get it completed. It was after midnight, the transfer deadline, when Newcastle finally announced they had indeed signed Habib Beye and Abdoulaye Faye, as most fans were expecting and hoping for.
But we also let two go, one expected when Nobby Solano finally left the club for West Ham United, a move announced 15 minutes before midnight and 19 year old Paul Huntington surprisingly left the club for Leeds United, who are currently bottom of Division one, two leagues down.
Sam Allardyce - delivered the goods for Newcastle supporters with help from Chris Mort
So that’s the end of what has been a rather exciting transfer window and some superb deals made by Sam Allardyce.
Here are the players Sam has brought into the club this summer, with excellent support from Chris Mort and the rest of the Newcastle management team, with their estimated transfer fees and ages:
Mark Viduka â€“ 31 -Middlesbrough – free
Joey Barton â€“ 24 – Manchester City – â‚¤5.8M
Geremi â€“ 28 – Chelsea – free
David Rozehnal â€“ 27 – PSG – â‚¤2.9M
Alan Smith â€“ 26 – Manchester United – â‚¤6M
Jose Enrique â€“ 21 – Villareal – â‚¤6.3M
Claudio Cacapa â€“ 31 – Lyon – free
Abdoulaye Faye â€“ 29 – Bolton – â‚¤2M
Habib Beye â€“ 29 – Marseilles – â‚¤2M
That’s a total outlay of â‚¤25M for 9 players. The players Sam has let go â€“ at least two of them because players wanted to move on are as follows â€“ with the estimated amounts Newcastle received for each player
Bramble â€“ Wigan – free
Srnicek – free
Moore - free
Bernard – free
Onweyu â€“ Standard Leige (after loan)
Parker â€“ West Ham – â‚¤7M
Dyer â€“ West Ham – â‚¤7M
Huntington – Leeds â€“ undisclosed
Solano – West Ham â€“ undisclosed
If we assume Solano and Huntington were free transfers, we brought in â‚¤14M, so Sam’s net spending over the summer is a low â‚¤11M. Probably closer to 10M because we probably received at least that for Huntington and Solano. That’s very close to the â‚¤10M that was sensationally touted around the papers a few weeks ago, when the club found out they were carrying more debt than Ashley had first assumed.
As we’ve said before we think this is one of the best summer transfer period the club has ever seen in terms of value for money. There’s no doubt Sam has brought in not only skill and toughness, but real experience into the squad. Also, a large percentage of the players coming in are used to winning and have shown good leadership at their previous clubs and seem to be good characters.
Part 1 of our goals for the last 2 days has been completed – (Beye and Faye signed), now all we need to do is beat Wigan, with a clean sheet this afternoon, and everything in the garden will be rosy – at least until our next game in 2 weeks
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