It seems that Aston Villa are confident of signing Habib Beye before the week is out.
Habib Beye – Aston Villa willing to pay £4M
Martin O’Neill may then try to hijack Spurs, and also take Sebastién Bassong to Villa Park, and it seems Newcastle are now willing to sell almost any player, if only to get their books in order so the club can be sold.
Exactly who will come in and build the Newcastle squad, decimated by contracts ending and good players being sold, is anybody’s guess.
These deals will leave Newcastle United caretaker manager Chris Hughton with whatever players are left, and will presumably provide extra funds for the club’s next manager in the transfer market.
That’s assuming time is left in the transfer market and players are available to be bought, of course.
There is now total confusion surrounding the Newcastle club, and how exactly the squad can be rebuilt with just over 3 weeks of the transfer market remaining, is a very good question.
Any more time spent on trying to sell the club will endanger the rebuilding of the Newcastle squad, and it looks like everything is being done to sell the club, but nothing at all is being done to put us in a position to be promoted next season.
It now appears that Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill is keen to take some Newcastle players.
O’Neill hasn’t been active so far in the transfer market this summer, his only signing being the free transfer of Courtney Cameron and the injured Middlesbrough and England winger Stewart Downing before yesterday.
Villa last night completed the signing of exciting Leeds United youngster Fabian Delph, while sources in the Midlands suggest they are hopeful of also adding both Beye and former Newcastle center-back Sylvain Distin to their squad this week.
After that they are expected expected to go after Bassong, if he is still available, as Spurs are said to be very keen on the Newcastle youngster.
Hull City are also interested in Beye, but it would surprise us if Seb wanted to move to Hull City if Aston Villa and Spurs are two clubs also interested in him.
Villa are thought to be ready to meet Newcastle’s £4m valuation for Beye, which would be twice the amount we paid Marseilles for the player two years ago.
Beye and Bassong are two players Alan Shearer was hoping to keep at the club if he got the manager’s job, but any planning that may have been done this summer has been thrown to the wind on Tyneside, in an attempt to lower the wage bill and bring in transfer fees, so the club can be sold.
As we said earlier, this seems to leave any Newcastle rebuilding for next season in a sorry mess indeed.