News is breaking that Marseille captain Habib Beye is all set to join Newcastle United.
This was announced on Wednesday evening by the French club’s president Pape Diouf.
Abdoulaye Faye was also at the Newcastle Barnsley Carling Cup game at St James’ Park tonight, so it looks very much like Faye will also be joining Newcastle â€“ with things to be finalized tomorrow.
Habib Beye – joining Newcastle – at last
This is what Marseilles President Diouff said tonight:
“Habib made us aware that he wants to leave Marseille,”
“An English club, Newcastle, has made contact with us and an accord for the departure of our captain is imminent.”
The 29-year-old Beye, who plays at right back and can also play at center back, joined Marseille from Strasbourg four years ago and has made 129 league appearances and scored four times for the French club.
Manager Sam Allardcye had pursued Beye weeks ago and we had a Transfer Update on Beye on July 3rd when it looked likely he would join Newcastle. But Sam was unable to persuade Beye to leave Marseilles at the time – but this is now a real coup for Newcastle and Sam Allardyce.
Beye is heavily experienced and stands 6′ tall and can play either right back or center back and is currently captain of French club Marseilles. The capture of Beye will be another player to fit straight into Newcastle’s defense and it gives Allardyce selection problems with so many tall, experienced and rugged defenders to choose from 😀
It’s also interesting that Habib is captain at Marseilles which is similar to center back Cacapa who captained French club Lyon to six successive French championships. Not only are we getting experienced defenders in who are used to winning but they also have good leadership skills.
The transfer fees for both Beye and Faye, who are both Senegalese, is thought be in the region of â‚¤2M. Here are some facts regarding Beye â€“ who is a very experienced player.
Habib Beye was born in Paris, is Senegalese and has played 129 times for Marseilles scoring 4 goals. He joined Marseilles in 2003 from RC Strasbourg – where he played 134 games scoring 8 goals and was a firm crowd favorite. He is rated a very accomplished defender in French football and prefers to play at right back – although he is also comfortable at center-back. He made substitute appearances in Senegal’s matches in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, against Denmark, Uruguay and Sweden, and is now a regular feature in the Senegalese starting line up.