Habib Beye 3rd Out Of The Door At Newcastle – Signs For Villa


As we expected the second player to leave Newcastle in as many days is Senegal International Habib Beye, who has signed for Aston Villa for a fee of around £3M.

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Habib Beye – experienced player signs for Aston Villa


The versatile full-back has been a transfer target for several clubs this summer, and after becoming fed up with the antics of owner Mike Ashley a couple of weeks back, he is the 3rd player to leave the club in a week, joining Oba Martins (Wolfsburg) and Seb Bassong (Spurs) out of the door.

While we would have liked to have kept Bassong and Beye, the Newcastle club is in no position right now to pick and choose who they can keep as the boards are being cleared of players who can be sold quickly, in an effort to make the club more attractive to potential buyers.

Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill has been looking for experienced defensive reinforcement this summer, and he has a good player and a good leader in Habib, who was the Newcastle player of the season from 2007-2008. Sam Allardyce signed him from French club Marseilles for £2M in the summer of 2007, where he was club captain.

23 year-old Seb Bassong was last season’s player of the season at the Newcastle club.

Hull City had a bid accepted by Newcastle yesterday for Beye, but it now looks as though Villa have won the race for the player, with Hull City manager Phil Brown left disappointed in the transfer market once again this summer.

With the 3 players having left Newcastle in the last week, the club has received around £20M in transfer fees, and has wiped around £140K/week off the wage bill, which is just over £7M for the year.  The wage bill now stands at around £55M by our estimate, from a high of £74M at the end of last season. The club can afford around £35M/year in wages given its reduced revenues in the Championship.

Whether any new players will be brought into the club in the next 3 weeks is an open question, and seems rather doubtful unless the club is sold quickly, or else Ashley appoints a permanent manager.

The club had been without a manager since the end of last season, when the club was relegated on May 24th and Alan Shearer’s contract ran out.

How’s that for planning for the new season?

The Newcastle football club is in dire straights at the moment, due in large part to the neglect and complete incompetence of Mike Ashley, the owner, who is currently on vacation in Hawaii.

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261 comments so far

  • trofmok

    Aug 7, 2009 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #1

    simon cox has said he chose wba over toon because we are in disarray , we’re going to hell in a hand cart i tell you.

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  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 7, 2009 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #2

    im gld both beye and bassong have gone, good players but didnt want to be here anymore, im really excited about tamas kadar, i hope vuckic is on the bench tommorow, i cant wait for the game.

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 7, 2009 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #3

    This is good news.

    The club is looking more and more an attractive proposition for interested buyers.

    Money in the bank an £15m off the wage bill.

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  • Raffo

    Aug 7, 2009 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #4

    if this article is to be believed then great, i think ashley may have a small decent bone in his body

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/football_league/article6742173.ece

    having said that, if he will take 20million down and the remainder after a year why can moat buy the club right now?

    Im happy the players who have gone have gone now because i dont want any player thaat wont give 150%, i dont care who they are.

    We will know more after the weekend i suspect but wondered if there were any people in the know?!

    DC, Loofa for eg!?

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  • baro

    Aug 7, 2009 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #5

    We better bring a couple of players in too.

    Martins 9 million
    Bassong 8.5 million
    beye 3 million

    20.5 million to spend.

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  • baro

    Aug 7, 2009 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #6

    We should look at Janko, Ledley, McCormack, Gunarsson, walker

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  • Fostino

    Aug 7, 2009 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #7

    i hope geremi is next to go with his huge wages

    although butt, nolan, smith nd duff, are all old, losing their legs and underperforming, overpaid…they might do alright in de championship

    colo has to redeem himself too…i tink were giving west brom too much credit, come on the toon

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  • baro

    Aug 7, 2009 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #8

    I think Joe Ledley would agree personal terms with Newcastle because of our 50,000+ fans.

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  • baro

    Aug 7, 2009 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #9

    Does anybody gave a link to newcastle match

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  • OHurley

    Aug 7, 2009 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #10

    fostino-

    I agree m8. West Brom was crap last year and they’ll be crap this year. Why are we acting like we’re intimidated by them? For god’s sake, it’s Albion… we can beat them. We WILL beat them. I’m guessing a righteous ass-whoopin’ is in store for them.

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  • Brazilian Geordie

    Aug 7, 2009 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #11

    I can’t say I’m at all glad that Beye and Bassong have left the club because they wouldn’t give 110% in the coming season because then I think we’d have to offload many other players of the current squad.

    I just think we don’t have to keep bemoaning it. At least we’re clearing the decks and as long as the new owner uses his money to bring new good players in, I think it’s even worth selling everybody now, because then Ashley may reduce the club’s price and get away from Tyneside faster than we expect.

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  • Fostino

    Aug 7, 2009 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #12

    most fans on this blog are already writing us off, i no its been a terrible summer but were still got to be one of the best teams in the championship, i think we need a shearer or somebody to come in and take a chance on the young lads

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  • giimps

    Aug 7, 2009 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #13

    lets hope ashley decides enough is enough whilst on holiday, and thinks, why dont i just give it away and cut my losses? why dont i just donate the club to alan shearer and he can get those decent geordie chaps back in the prem league where they belong?
    COME ON MIKE ………YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO?

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  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 7, 2009 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #14

    So long Beye. Nice one for crapping on Phil Brown Shite hole club and city.

    Im gonna enjoy tonights match. I do hope that the borough get spanked!!

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  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 7, 2009 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #15

    D**K head sky pundits have west brom and borough promoted!

    Lets show em – howay lads!!

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  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Aug 7, 2009 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #16

    The thing is, there might be 20m in the bank now, but whose bank account? Might this just be a way of Ashley cashing in on a part of the squad to pull a bit more cash out before he leaves?

    If Moat gets in I think we’ll see Shearer join, a bit of wheeling and dealing, but definitely not enough cash for a spending spree of any real size…

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  • ginkoh

    Aug 7, 2009 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #17

    Fuxxing Ashley may want to sell the club after transfer windows close to make sure we cannot get promote after he left the club. It’s the game plan !!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 7, 2009 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #18

    Glad he never went to Hull…Phil Brown couldn’t attract flies to buzz around his turd.
    Hope Hull go Down.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 7, 2009 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #19

    Borough givin Bobby a good applause!

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  • toonoholic

    Aug 7, 2009 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #20

    firstly

    thank god beye went to a decent club

    secondly
    trofmok // Aug 7, 2009 at 7:28 PM

    simon cox has said he chose wba over toon because we are in disarray , we’re going to hell in a hand cart i tell you.

    well all ican say is simon cox is a big fat liar .

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 7, 2009 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #21

    Aye Boro are scum of the earth but credit to em, they gave him a good applause and singin his nae.

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  • Stuart79

    Aug 7, 2009 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #22

    name

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  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 7, 2009 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #23

    Got to say – if all championship games this intense – its more entertaining than the prem long ball stuff!! Scrappy I would say.

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  • baro

    Aug 7, 2009 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #24

    We should get this guy, Manchester, Tottinham were just interested in him. He plays for Greek team Panathinaikos who are in the champions league.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXPJ7B8QUyM

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  • baro

    Aug 7, 2009 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #26

    In the championship the players don’t stay in their spot they all move together to offence or defence

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  • trofmok

    Aug 7, 2009 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #27

    toon graeme

    is the ground full ?

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  • BT9MAG

    Aug 7, 2009 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #28

    Fair play, it’s a great move for him and I’d say he’ll start getting noticed by pundits after being largely ignored by them whilst playing for us…

    I have no malice towards him and hope, if we play villa this season in the cup, he doesn’t get boo’d…He always worked hard, always gave his all and genuinely tried to immerse himself in our culture which wins respect from me.

    It’s very worrying that our already small/weak squad is even smaller and weaker, but what can we (the fans) do? Either way I’m very excited for tomorrow!

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  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 7, 2009 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #29

    I dont know if anyone has posted this but interesting read – notice the typo – thick idiots – TYNEside not TEEside!!

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11678_5478831,00.html

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  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 7, 2009 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #30

    Trofmok – is it bullslocks mate. There are full sections empty!!!

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  • trofmok

    Aug 7, 2009 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #31

    cheers , no change there then.

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  • Doocey

    Aug 7, 2009 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #32

    We need replacements.
    I think a sale could be imminent now the fact £20 has been gathered from player sales.
    ie. down payment of £20m which was reported yesterday.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Aug 7, 2009 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #33

    If more people keep going out and no players are coming in then for our 1st match at SJP i dont know what the team will be. but at the moment my team will be this bare in mind this might not be the best team this is the team i would like to see tomorrow with subs coming on at approximate times

    ——————————Harper———————

    ——-Staylor———-Tozer—-Kadar—–Enrique

    ——-LuaLua(Jonas 70)————–Barton———-Duff——

    ————————–Nolan(Vuckic 60)———————-

    ———————–Carroll—–Ameobi(Ranger 60)——

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  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 7, 2009 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #34

    Trofmok – aye ne change there mate.

    One scrappy game – there was like 18 players in the borough box and all kicking out at the ball – scrappy is defo the word!!!!

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  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 7, 2009 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #35

    Doocey – agreed mate.

    Injuries and suspension and the fact we have to have 7 subs on bench makes me concerned.

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  • Alex

    Aug 7, 2009 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #36

    I hope we get rid of Butt and Geremi next , That would lower the wage bill a lot more than it stands at now . Butt has already said he wants out and Geremi is a true waste of space and money . One thing some people seem to be forgetting on this blog is we are now in the football league , which means even after the transfer window has closed for permanent signings we are allowed to bring in loans . Maybe that is the road that Ashley is wanting to take us , get the expensive misfits out and replace with cheaper season long loan signings from premiership clubs .

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Aug 7, 2009 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #37

    If more people keep going out and no players are coming in then for our 1st match at SJP i dont know what the team will be. but at the moment my team will be this bare in mind this might not be the best team this is the team i would like to see tomorrow with subs coming on at approximate times

    ——————————Harper———————

    ——-Staylor(c)———-Tozer—-Kadar—–Enrique

    ——-LuaLua(Jonas 70)————–Barton———-Duff——

    ————————–Nolan(Vuckic 60)———————-

    ———————–Carroll—–Ameobi(Ranger 60)——

    By my guess

    Jonas, Coloccini and many more will be out of the door so who knows what the team will be but i also haven’t included Smith or Coloccini because i beleive they are just to expensive to this team and dont get me started on Geremi!

    If Tozer isn’t ready then Steven Taylor goes to CB and Ryan Taylor comes to RB

    by my opinion youngsters are the future and the subs bench should be full of em because by our injury standards we’ll need them and the sooner they’re experienced the better!

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  • Doocey

    Aug 7, 2009 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #38

    Yeah and watching Middlesbrough now, I think they have a serious chance of bouncing back straight away.
    I thought that the day they got relegated, mainly due to the fact they wouldn’t lose many players.

    Not a bad attendance either.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 7, 2009 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #39

    Doocey – I do hope that the SJP faithful defy MA & DL’s idiocy and we pack that park!!!!

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  • Fostino

    Aug 7, 2009 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #40

    geremi is a crock, earning millions at our expense

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