The momentum on selling some of our better players seems to be picking up significantly as news today that Hull City have agreed a fee with Newcastle for our experienced Senegal right back right back Habib Beye.
Habib Beye – next to leave Newcastle?
A sale has been agreed also – thought to be around £9M for Sebastien Bassong, who we expect to sign for Spurs if he can agree personal terms.
Habib Beye was always going to be the next to leave Newcastle, as he is just fed up with the nonsense going on, but don’t be surprised if Aston Villa step up their bid for the player, because we think Habib would prefer to sign for the Villa rather than Hull City.
Hull City chairman Paul Duffen today confirmed a fee has been agreed with Newcastle United for defender Habib Beye, and the 31-year-old Senegal international is expected to meet with the Hull City officials this week to discuss terms and conditions. He will probably sign if terms can be agreed.
“Habib Beye is a player we believe can add quality to our squad. We are hoping to engage in conversation with him in the next couple of days,”
Beye spent four years with Marseilles before joining Newcastle in the summer of 2007 and has 35 caps for Senegal.
It will be interesting to see if Hull can match Beye’s wages on Tyneside, which are thought to be around £50K/week, because Alan Shearer wanted to keep Beye at the club, as he is an experienced player and a good leader.
But with the sale of Newcastle dragging on and on, it doesn’t look like the club will have too much choice about who stays or who goes in the summer.
It seems they will sell who they can, and as for bringing new players into the club, we have no idea if the current lot in charge at the club, will even bother to do that. It seems the club’s players are being sold to make the financial books look better for a potential sale, with no emphasis at all on building a squad for next season.
How can we buy new players when we haven’t even got a full-time manager at the club?
We’ve lost all confidence in Mike Ashley as owner of the Newcastle club, and anything he does now would hardly shock us.
If Ashley does eventually leave Newcastle he will be remembered for wrecking the once great Newcastle club, which is what he seems to have been engaged in over the last 12 months or so.
Sad indeed for such a proud and great club.
We have to hope on the bright side of things, that the transfer money, estimated to be around £20M, from the sales of Martins, Bassong and Beye with the resulting reduction in the wage bill of around another £130K/week, will make the Newcastle club more attractive to potential buyers.
We can hope for that, but we think Ashley will keep the club for another year, which would be the very worst possible outcome for the Newcastle club and its long-suffering supporters.
Surely things can only get better from this point forward.