Newcastle In Late Bid For Algerian Defender

The Daily Mail is reporting early this morning that Newcastle United are ready to put a spanner in the works of  Fulham’s move  to bring Algerian defender Rafik Halliche to Craven Cottage.

Rafik Halliche – Newcastle in late bid for player

The 23-year-old center-back is due to arrive at Fulham for a medical today, before signing in a £1.3M move from Benfica, but the news is that Newcastle have made a very late enquiry regarding the player.

Newcastle are reported to have concerns about the fitness of Steven Taylor, although manager Chris Hughotn has always said he may yet add to his back four in the summer transfer window.  The news in the Mail is that the Tyneside club have  made enquiries, although these would appear to be rather late.

Halliche was included in the squad to represent Algeria in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and played every minute in all the matches, as their National side only conceded two goals in the group stage, and famously held England to a 0-0 draw.

On the Fulham side of things, former Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos is out with a long term injury, and Halliche is thought to be a good replacement for the Swiss defender.

We’re not sure why such a late effort is being made by Newcastle for this player, but that assumes the story in the Daily Mail is true.

The player has been on loan at Portuguese side Nacional da Madeira since 2008, where he has played over 40 times, but the Premier League would be a considerable step up in class for the 6’1″ defender.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • baro

    Aug 16, 2010 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Still young, very good defender, doesn’t lack speed either. We need him in case another defender gets injured. Tayor, and Simpson, Kadar already injured. Williamson is not good enough in Premier League, this algerian guy probably isn’t either but looks like he can do a good job in the Premier League. Just remember it is very hard to shut Lampard, Rooney, Gerrard and whole lots of other England national team stars. He is rated around 1.3 million.

  • StuW

    Aug 16, 2010 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #2

    Good defender, seen him play pre season last year, and he looks a solid player, good reading of the game, quite nippy for a defender, and can only get better.

  • howay man

    Aug 16, 2010 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #3

    not for me like, My dream signing would be Martin Kelly,

  • Thump

    Aug 16, 2010 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #4

    Definitely get him in, flog Steven Taylor.

  • lewman

    Aug 16, 2010 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #5

    baro im very confused

  • Brutooon

    Aug 16, 2010 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #6

    would say yes!

    algeria play well during the world cup. They shud beat England last time.

  • Bucks mag

    Aug 16, 2010 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #7

    We don’t need him, pure and simple.

  • Ericles

    Aug 16, 2010 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #8

    Do we need him that desperately. Surely other positions are a priority. Caution – it is the Mail reporting this.

  • lesh

    Aug 16, 2010 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #9

    Newcastle are reported to have concerns about the fitness of Steven Taylor….

    is it not concerns about Stretford and Taylor’s desire to stay?

  • Darling27

    Aug 16, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #10

    Baro Williamson hasn’t played a game in the premier league yet. Give the lad a chance.


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