Superb Summer Transfer Business by Newcastle

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 – 31 -Middlesbrough – free


Joey Barton – 24 – Manchester City – ₤5.8M


Geremi – 28 – Chelsea – free


David Rozehnal – 27 – PSG – ₤2.9M


Alan Smith – 26 – Manchester United – ₤6M


Jose Enrique – 21 – Villareal – ₤6.3M


Claudio Cacapa – 31 – Lyon – free


Abdoulaye Faye – 29 – Bolton – ₤2M


Habib Beye – 29 – Marseilles – ₤2M

That’s a total outlay of ₤25M for 9 players. The players Sam has let go – at least two of them because players wanted to move on are as follows – with the estimated amounts Newcastle received for each player

Bramble – Wigan – free
Srnicek – free
Moore – free
Bernard – free
Onweyu – Standard Leige (after loan)
Parker – West Ham –
Dyer – West Ham –
Huntington – Leeds – undisclosed
Solano – West Ham – undisclosed

If we assume Solano and Huntington were free transfers, we brought in ₤14M, so Sam’s net spending over the summer is a low ₤11M. Probably closer to 10M because we probably received at least that for Huntington and Solano. That’s very close to the ₤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 😀

Comments always welcome

30 comments so far

  • Amorn

    Sep 1, 2007 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Hope they do well today.

    Any news on the team feature today’s game?

  • Oleg

    Sep 1, 2007 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #2

    a very good one, my eyes are still closed, by i can read the good news, well, we knew about it last night, but still, it is good to read all of this, 14M in, 25M out, great players.

    but my question is- will the two play today?

    and another- what is going on with Barton? where is he?

  • Oleg

    Sep 1, 2007 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #3

    hh… did i wrote “mirnning? hhh…. sorry, you know what i ment to say. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Owen

    Sep 1, 2007 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Good solid transfers in, everyone of them.

    Barton will be huge for us when fit, Viduka is huge but will be great when fit. 🙂

    Beye and Cacapa are top quality defenders who have played at a very high level and both captian quality sides.

    Rozy looks a good dependable centre half, Geremi and Smith are both proven Prem players with good european experience.

    Oh and Enrique has “all the the boxes ticked” to be a star.

    It’s really, really hard to pick the best eleven. What a great season this could be. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Shame Solano and Sibierski left. Those two turned out to be great players who showed a very professional attitude to playing for the toon. Parker gave his all for the majority of his career but the guy has too learn that if the team under achieves they should admit it. Good pro though.

    As for the Dyer’s, Bramble etc…….. I’m glad I didn’t have to carry them to new clubs, but I would have done if needed

  • Owen

    Sep 1, 2007 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #5

    Oh yeah,

    2-0 for the toon today.

    Toon Toon

  • lee

    Sep 1, 2007 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #6

    BS forms a formidable squad equal to the legendary Keegan team is timely considering that three-quarter of the Premiership teams all think they should get European football (next season) with their own summer signings. Realistic or just dreaming? Realistically, come January 2008, we will see the same pattern all over again… Chelsea, Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal…. then a big 20 point-gap before we see the likes of Tottenham, Everton, Man City and possibly Portsmouth. Where do we find ourselves in January 2008?…. possibly mid-table, possibly in 14th/15th position. My team looks like this…

    Given (Harper)

    Beye (Geremi) Rosenhal (Taylor) Faye (Cacapa) Enrique (NZogbia)

    Milner (Butt) Geremi (Barton) Duff (NZogbia)

    Smith (Martins)

    Owen (Martins) Viduka (Ameobi)

    BS will also need to rotate his squad after sometime, to keep everyone match-fit, not to mention to please all the key players. Truly, we cannot afford to lose anyone with the exception of Carr and Babayaro (as soon as possible, preferably).

    If the first eleven stays fit at least for 30 games, we should clinch Champions League (2nd, 3rd, or 4th). If not, we have to settle for 5th spot… not lower than that.

  • Graham

    Sep 1, 2007 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #7

    Well… pleased thats all over for a few months – some excellent signings by Allardyce – I dont know enough about beye but by the sound of it he’s a good buy.

    I’m sorry to see Nobby go but wish him all the luck in the future – anyone up for starting a campaign to get hin the freedom of the city? For a guy to come from the other side of the world and love the place so much he deserves it. Love ya Nobby!

    Lets all get behind the club now (no ridiculous booing etc etc) and give the lads allll the support and noise at matches starting this afternoon – i already fully expect to come home slighty worse for wear tonight with no voice left.

    Prediction 3-0 get down to ladbrokes boys and girls!

  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 1, 2007 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #8

    Lee, your team looks good with adequate back-up in every position.

    If we retain a little lady luck; i.e. injuries, penalties and goals for/against, I’m hoping we can be a top 6 team.

    If we perform well over the next 5 months expect the January transfer window to be used to fine tune BSAs squad. The defence looks strong but needs time to gel, in midfield we need Barton back asap as we sometimes lack creativity. With Zog/Milner on either flank this should provide good service for our forwards to fire home those goals……

    Team rotation and keeping everyone happy is the name of the game and BSA is the man to do this…….

  • Steve

    Sep 1, 2007 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #9

    Ed – we probably got 2 – 3 million for Luque so the actual total outlay is even less!!

  • --

    Sep 1, 2007 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #10

    anyone think we are a bit short on the right mid?

  • Johnny Utah

    Sep 1, 2007 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #11

    Let’s not forget we sold Luque and O’Brien, too. That alone would make the total summer spending well below 10M, which is a bargain considering the upgrade of the team.

    Our D is solid, our midfield is a hard-nosed, no-nonsense bunch who will make peple pay for 50-50 balls. It may not be flashy, but they are all good-great passers of the ball and create more takeaways than giveaways.

    We have two amazing wingers that are only 21, and a LB and CB of similar age that look to be strong forces at the back. We also added to captains of strong French league sides that play in the European Championship tourny’s.

    World class keeper and one of the best 2nd string keepers too.


    Beye Taylor Capcapa Enrique


    Milner Barton N’Zogbia



    5 Subs: Owens, Smith, Rozenthal, Harper, Butt
    Extra Squad Players: Emre, Duff, Carr, Babayaro, Ameobi, etc…

    Awesome…top 10 finish for sure. It may be a slow start while the players gel, but this team will finish hard, I can feel it!!!

    Howay the toon!!!

  • Jamie

    Sep 1, 2007 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #12

    Id rather See Rozy and Taylor at the back, but then you have Faye and Capaca to keep happy. Beye Right back. So many top players to keep happy.

    Geremi in Midfield for Sure along side Barton, Milner and Smith, with Martins upfront with Viduka.

  • Obafan

    Sep 1, 2007 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #13

    @ Jamie, come on you can’t choose Taylor above Cacapa. I think Taylor will be sitting on the bench, because he is young, needs to learn more and Roz and Cacapa are just better than him. Don’t be surprised if Faye takes the position of Butt.

    Congratulations to the board and coach staff for these wonderfull transfers. Possibility to get into the top 4 this season.Top 6 is a must with this squad.

  • Jamie

    Sep 1, 2007 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #14

    Yeah your right about Capaca being a better player, i guess im looking at the talent in Taylor rather than the overall picture.

    Capaca and Rozy at the back, Beye right, Enrique left.

    Faye could go into the Middle, but what happens when Barton is fit? I want Geremi to play in the centre along with Barton, we also need Smith playing somewhere. Jeez what a team, Martins, Owen and Viduka fighting for attack also.

  • MightyMilburn

    Sep 1, 2007 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #15

    Ed – what about Geremi.. Some pages qouted that we paid app. 2 mill for him.. and some say that he was on free transfer.. I believe he had one year left on his Chelsea contract – so even though Chelsea have a non-written policy of selling “star” players to us on the cheap – I assume we had to pay something for the lad..

  • stjames

    Sep 1, 2007 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #16

    Where is Luque??? Has anything been confirmed about his move?

  • Rich

    Sep 1, 2007 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #17






  • Fredrik

    Sep 1, 2007 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #18

    Yes. Confirmed by Ajax. He is an Ajax player.

  • arctoa (D.)

    Sep 1, 2007 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #19

    If you go to Ajax’s official site and then look at their squad page, he is there.

    So Albert Luque, Alan O’Brien (Hibernian, £200k) and Kris Gate (free transfer) need to be added to the list.

  • Hadji

    Sep 1, 2007 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #20

    This game is gonna be tough,especially i’m worried cause of Jason Koumas.But we’ll win for sure with 3-1.
    Smith,Martins,Owen for the Toon
    Koumas for Wigan

  • Ace

    Sep 1, 2007 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #21

    Anyone know how much we got for Luque? It would be horrid if he left on a free. I suppose his wages are off the books at the very least.

  • Charlie

    Sep 1, 2007 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #22

    It would be shocking if Luque left on a free transfer. Apart from that though, Big Sam has made the very best of the transfer window. We’ve spent next to nothing when you look at the likes of Liverpool buying Torres for extortionate amounts. And our squad is completely rejuvinated. Thank God we finally have a manager who has realised that our defence needed sorting out. I’ve seen Habib Beye playing for Marseille and he’s a grafter, thats for sure. All of our other defensive signings this summer have been a significant step in the right direction too. If the main attacking four can keep it together and avoid injury (fingers crossed) then there is absolutely no excuse for us not getting into Europe this season. Allardyce is a manager and a half.

  • dirk

    Sep 1, 2007 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #23

    Obafan, I totally disagree with your comment on Taylor. Cacapa may be good; Roz may be good; but we know from watching him in a newcastlle shirt in the premiership, week in week out, that Taylor is proven class.

    I think it should be Taylor partnering Cacapa at the back. No question.
    Rozehnal may be agood player, but he hasn’t set my pulses racing so far. Yes, he’s looked composed and hasn’t made mistakes, but he hasn’t blown me away.

    Lets not get carried away with new signings, and concentrate on the proven success stories of our team, like Tayls, Milner and the Zog. These guys DESERVE to be in the team due to what they have proven to us every week. You can’t start chucking them out of the team, because we sign a new player who may be good.

    Think about it, when Chelsea started buying superstars, did they bench John Terry? What about Liverpool with Carragher?

    These kind of players, Tayls included are the heart of the team, and you don’t go throwing that away.

    Also, think about this. For the first 4 months of his newcastle career, Boumsong looked like a worldbeater. Nuff said.

  • dirk

    Sep 1, 2007 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #24

    Oh, and I will be surprised if Faye takes the place of Butt. The way Butt has started this season, and his performances in the team last year warrant his position as the holding midfielder this season.

    Don’t players deserve to be in the team on merit anymore?

    I think some of us have to remember that some of the players we have brought in are not world beaters. They are what they are – squad fillers, and that is what we need.

  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 1, 2007 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #25

    Charlie – agree – Sam’s done a great job with 10M – he’s some manager all right.

  • Charlie

    Sep 1, 2007 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #26

    Yes Ed, for 10 million, which is virtually nothing in the world of football nowadays, Sam has made some incredibly shrewd investments. Of all Premiership managers this summer he’s done the best job, by a country mile. Did it at Bolton, doing it at Newcastle. Our team has improved so much since last season , for next to nothing.

  • Deano

    Sep 2, 2007 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #27

    How u all forget the big wages albert luque who when the ajax! We got atleast 2M for him!

  • Gallacher the Horse

    Sep 2, 2007 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #28

    I would be interested to know what our wage bill is now, as apart from Luque and Captain Bling, I imagine we are paying out more on average for each of the nine players we have brought to the club in comparison with those that have gone. Plus I can’t think that those dreaded sell-on clauses have be allowed to be inserted into any new player’s contract. Also, if this is true, Oba will have/has an improved contract with the sell-on trigger withdrawn, with MO to hopefully follow.

    So, it looks like we have spent less than £10 million, but the real investment is on attractive wages and long-term contracts. Beye talks about the compromise of accepting a three year contract instead of four years – but this is still long-term planning. And the other incoming players have similar, if not longer, contracts.

    This seems to me to be another example of Mike Ashley and his team commiting to the club for the long haul. If we are honest to ourselves, where didFFS’s policy of splashing out a shedload of money on one or two big names, and then having to find players at the last transfer moment on the real cheap get us? I think this transfer window’s activity is a model example of how a club can make best use of sound football knowledge (BSA’s team) and solid commercial sense (MA’s team) I’m very impressed and the feel-good factor from these quality signings should last a lot longer than in previous seasons.

    Now for them all to do their jobs well and get us into Europe again, so we can show the whole continent how good it feels to be playing for and supporting a great club like Newcastle!

    Howey the lads!

  • AltaBatalJoneN

    Sep 2, 2007 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #29

    DIRK, I disagree with you on Taylor. Think he´s a fantastic talent, but not good enough to play week in and out. He is still young and learning the game, and has to learn not give away silly freekicks just around the penalty area, f.ex… And as BSA said, he is far from finnished product. I still think he will captain England one day!! :=)

  • david

    Sep 2, 2007 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #30

    lee, it’s asking a lot to get from 10th-15th in January to 2nd-5th at the end of the season.


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