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Sam Pursues Two Africans to Complete Squad

While the game was starting last night fresh rumors were circulating from Sky Sports News that Newcastle were close to getting their long term target Habib Beye from Marseilles.

Sam had been pursing Beye ever since he came in as Newcastle manager and in late June and early July it looked like we were close to getting Beye , but it never materialized and then Beye was quoted as saying he was happy at Marseilles.


Habib Beye – expected to join Newcastle tomorrow

However Sky Sports reported that now Marseilles were rumored to be keen on selling their captain and Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce was said to have approached Marseilles once again early this week for the Senegalese player.

Sam was forced to seek reinforcements after the recent injuries sustained by Stephen Carr and Peter Ramage.

French club’s president Pape Diouf revealed the potential deal last night when he said:

“We are looking to reach an agreement between the two clubs,” “Something should be done within the next 24 hours, it should definitely be done.”

“Habib has been with us for four years, he had said he wanted to leave – but he remained with us.” “However, he has now chosen to accept the offer of Newcastle – once it was put to him.”

When Sam was interviewed after the game last night he confirmed that Abdoulaye Faye from Bolton had undergone a medical yesterday and that Newcastle were waiting the results of that and all being well Faye would sign for Newcastle today.

When asked about Beye, Sam smiled a little and said nothing, and then pretended to look surprised. But Sam does things right and doesn’t say much until the deals are tied up. In fact the club has looked very professional this summer in the way they have gone after players so all credit to Allardyce and Mort there.

If Beye and Faye come in before tomorrow night’s transfer deadline it’s the best piece of summer transfer business in many a year. Assuming we bring in the two Africans these are the nine players Sam has brought in with their costs. Five defenders, three midfielders and one striker (assuming Geremi is a midfielder).

Barton (₤5.8M), Viduka (free), Geremi (free), Rozehnal (₤2.9M), Smith (₤6M), Enrique (₤6.3M), Cacapa (free), Faye (₤2M) and Beye (₤2M). That’s a ₤25M outlay and if you count ₤14M we got for Dyer and Parker then Sam has spent a net of only ₤11M. Great business by the club.

We are assuming Beye will cost ₤2M only because that was the figure being talked about in June. But he has less that one year of his contract left, so it may be less than that. Sam has brought in 3 African players and we already have Oba Martins – and they will all be missing for about a month in January for the Africa’s Cup, so we’ll need to ensure we have enough cover then – which it looks like we will.

In fact there’s going to be a battle at the back for who are the starters and Steven Taylor may have to fight to keep his place, since a back four may well look like – Beye Cacapa Rozehnal Enrique – when things settle down.

Comments welcome.

47 comments so far

  • stk

    Aug 30, 2007 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #1

    good, finally a rb!

  • Raul Temondo

    Aug 30, 2007 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #2

    Superb business if Big Sam ties up the Habib Beye and Faye deals. That means potentially you have a Ex Club Captain in Beye, Ex PSG Captain and player of the year in the Roz, Ex Lyon captain in Cappaca. All speak French and English, so the communication will be amazing. Superb experience in Europe, and also the Champions league. Sam is building from the back. I think we will be steady if not spectacular, and if in a postion to qualify for Europe come January, more funds will be available, maybe strengthening our midfield for a creative influence. Shrewd business with 3 club captains and 1 potential star of the future being brought in. Well done sam we are behind you all the way.

  • Luke

    Aug 30, 2007 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #3

    in sam I trust.

    fancied glen johnson, but beye is a more solid defender. this year for stability, next year for the title. ahem.

  • Bw positive

    Aug 30, 2007 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Great signings, best defence we have ever had, certainly better than the Keegan days upto present. I have confidence in those players, there is two players for every position now. I still think we still need to offload Ramage, Baba, and Carr.

  • stelios S

    Aug 30, 2007 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #5

    I like both players…but I am a bit worried about something that perhaps Sam hasnt thought about…

    Too many African players…!

    January comes the African Nations Cup..and we will be stripped down to our bones again…that will mean…Martins, Geremi, Faye and Beye away for more than a month…not ideal

  • Obafan

    Aug 30, 2007 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #6

    I can’t wait to see the confirmation from the Beye deal. Last month I was very disappointed when the deal went off at the last moment, but now the deal is back on and it looks like it really is going to happen by tomorrow. I’m going to be careful and wait till the deal is in the back 😉 . What a squad we will have then, Faye will also be a good addition for the team.

    IMO Beye and Cacapa will be in the list of top 10 transfers of this season, if not in the top 5. Really class defenders and they also are good in the build up.

    A little thing is the fact that we have lots of African players and I hope it won’t cost us points in January.

    My team if everyone is fit (very hard to choose);
    Beye Rozehnal Cacapa Enrique
    Geremi Emre Faye N’Zogbia
    Viduka Martins

    What a squad that is. But it can all change because our squad is in all assets very strong, also a fantastic bench we have.

    Maybe if the Beye deal is done, Solano will still move on (but I hope not).

  • StevieA

    Aug 30, 2007 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #7

    Finally a right back that we need. Both quality players who are big, strong and athletic. Typical Sam players who will really make a difference to the team.

    Also Faye can play in midfield as well as defence so make sure you look out for that as the season goes on! I could also see him playing as a anchor-man too when needed.

    It’s good that the defence problems have been solved. I have been saying we need a right back for a long time now and it seems Sam was just waiting for the right man.

    I am happy with Faye and Beye.

    We now have something like this..

    ———- VIDUKA——– OWEN/MARTINS—————-



    ——————————– GIVEN ————————————

    Plus Duff to come back into the team and perhaps that will see Milner return to the right wing with Geremi then going back to centre midfield.

    We also have the likes of Harper, Faye, Ameobi, Martins, Carr, Babayaro etc as either subs or rotation players.

    Plus Andy Carroll to come back after the loan deal and other youngsters coming through. I still think we need another winger who can play either wing Quaresma or someone of that stature who can give Duff and Milner some competition.

    Perhaps one more creative midfielder in the Deco mold but otherwise very happy with the team and squad. We have the players it’s just a case of finding the way to get the best out of them all. Well done Sam! 😀

  • Bw positive

    Aug 30, 2007 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #8

    Easy Luke. But now we have those two, I think we are stronger than Arsenal, Spurs, Everton now with Liverpool only having boy wonder as the difference between us but im sure our Barton can have a similar influence. Its time we start considering games against Arsenal and Liverpool as crucial games once again. If Cole is available, we NEED to get that lad. We would have the perfect squad to fight for champions league place. SAM GET COLE, he is a genius ! England and Chelseas best player on so many occasions. He single handidly gets the team going with his runs.

  • StevieA

    Aug 30, 2007 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #9

    I know what people are saying about the African Nations cup but we will still have the following players available in defence.

    Enrique/Babayaro/N’Zogbia, Rozenhal, Taylor, Huntington, Cacapa, Carr, Solano.

    So it’s not too bad. Also by that time we might have another youngster come through who knows?

  • StevieA

    Aug 30, 2007 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #10

    I said Babayaro.. forget him! 😛

  • k-man

    Aug 30, 2007 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #11

    Ah, things start looking good at the back. CB are no worries, I hope Enrique and Beye are as good as I think (as good as Rozenthal) First time we have a good defence since… since… hmm first time really. This defence looks much better than the KK days. Can’t wait to get Barton ready, should be interresting to see a little creativity in the midfield. Things are sure looking promising! And still to come before newyear is Duff, who hopefully can find good old form, under the guidance of BSA.

  • Arthur Prince

    Aug 30, 2007 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #12

    My Team would be as follows:-


    Beye Rozenhal Cacapa Enrique

    Milner Barton Geremi NZogbia

    Viduka Martins

    subs all capable of being in 1st team very difficult to choose :-

    Taylor Owen Smith Ameobi Emre Harper Butt Faye

    What a subs bench !!! All depends on who is fully fit and focussed ie chaming at the bit !!

  • Arthur Prince

    Aug 30, 2007 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #13

    sorry__ should read “champing at the bit ” Howay the lads .

  • StevieA

    Aug 30, 2007 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #14

    I forgot all about Emre!

  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 30, 2007 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #15

    Owen has to be a guaranteed starter once he’s fit, ready and firing again!

    The lad is pure class!

  • Lamesley Mag

    Aug 30, 2007 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #16

    Bw positive – Like your comment on Joe Cole as he reminds me so much of Peter (the great) Beardsley. I doubt Chelsea will sell unless we break the bank…..

    Faye and Beye are both good versatile players that will improve the squad.

  • WelshWizard

    Aug 30, 2007 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #17

    @Arthur Prince

    You goto get a fit Duff and Emre into that MD, just cant see Gereni in starting 11 when all fit..

    Owen up front aswell when firing ……

  • WelshWizard

    Aug 30, 2007 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #18

    Joe Cole would be the icing on the cake for this transfer window, fantastic player. Come Big Mike dig deep into them pockets and really get us toon fans in a frenzy………

  • Rich

    Aug 30, 2007 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #19

    Any one know if there is any truth in the fact that Big Sam made an enquiry into the availability of Lyons Juninho?? ot it from official website transfer rumours was stated in the times?

  • evil dick

    Aug 30, 2007 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #20

    I reckon owen and martins should start just to give them a go together, I think they are both better than viduka. I know there’s the big man small man thing but it would be interesting to see how well they played together. I think they would be a handful for defenders.

  • george t

    Aug 30, 2007 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #21

    TOON CHICKEN…….i agree about M.O. and as for JOE COLE if we could pull that one off well we would be ..hmmm really in the hunt. I like the idea but cant really see it happening.

  • Bosck

    Aug 30, 2007 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #22

    welsh wizard, geremi will always be in our top starting 11 for this season. Allardyce has made him our captain so he would not do so unless he intended him to be 1st choice, simple as.

  • Al Robson

    Aug 30, 2007 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #23

    lookin at the game last night, the gap between the midfeild and forwards was too big until none other than nicky butt came on to be the link up. owen was forced to be droppin back into his own half because no-one was linking up!

    like i say though Butt came on and did the job and we looked a lot more livley, would be very nice to see someone brought in who naturally makes that link, a touch of class. these two signings today are brilliant for our defence and will no doubt see us through until january, where we will have Edmilson hopefully helping to cover the african nations lads abesences. But I still think we need a midfeilder who is comfortable pickin the ball up, and running into the final third, makin that final ball that bit easier..

    ..we’ll probly be alright when we get barton back like, but no harm in a bit of cover y’know?

  • aaron d

    Aug 30, 2007 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #24

    What a defense we are going to have, all big and strong and mostly highly experianced. 3 Ex-Club Captains, and a future international captain in Taylor. Left Back Enrique/Babayaro/Z’Nogbia, Center Backs Cacapa/Rozenhal/Taylor/Ramage/Faye/Edgar and Right back Beye/Carr/Solano Conseeded 3 goals in 4 games ain’t too bad either. Covered well in every position, going to be a great season for NUFC. Can see Geremi playing everygame this season even though he is our club captain, not only well stocked in defence but also in middfield and attack. Can see emre and duff leaving in january.

  • Hadji

    Aug 30, 2007 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #25

    How bout 4-5-1
    Milner……… Barton…………..Emre/N’zogbia

  • Bill F

    Aug 30, 2007 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #26

    Ed your comment re. Taylor keeping his place I would agree with especially after the Boro game. I know he is a physical player with lots of raw talent and will probably go on to be one of the best, but his deliberate attempt (at least it looked that way to me) to use his elbow could have seen him sent off. Not good for the team (or the recipient). I suspect Sam may be a little bit more circumspect in playing him. I think Beye might just be the final piece of the jigsaw, Faye I would see as more of a cover for the players you have higlighted as probable regulars.

  • Aussie geordie

    Aug 30, 2007 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #27

    I’m sure Sam has thought about the African cup so lets not worry about what we cannot control. I hope the toon army does not get too upset if Taylor is dropped to the bench though I do think this should be another experiecne building year for him. Between being in the under 21’s and being first choice back off the bench he will get plenty of experience to educate him for the coming seasons.

  • Jerry

    Aug 30, 2007 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #28

    To be discussed –

    Alan Smith should not command a first team place in this Newcastle side.


  • aaron d

    Aug 30, 2007 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #29

    the first 11 will change game to game based on form, when theres competition for places it will make players work harder, no one is a guareented starter. Last year the team picked it’s self, this year player will need to impress to be in it. Hopefully this will result in better results.

  • Hadji

    Aug 30, 2007 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #30

    Hey guys,what do you think of this
    …………Amdy Faye
    …….. Maric

  • Toon! toon!

    Aug 30, 2007 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #31

    I would agree with the last sentence by aaron d.
    I just hope that the players we now have can stay professional enough to not go off in massive strops like little girls when they don’t get their own way e.g:
    They get substituted
    They start on the bench
    They are dropped after a decent performance
    They aren’t picked at all some weeks (not even on bench)

    There are many reasons why BSA will do this, for rest, for squad rotation, for competition or poor performances (or someone simply performing better then someone else).
    For the sort of money that even the lowest earning players get, they should be more than professional about the MANAGERS DECISION.
    Lets see who’s first with the hissy fit!

  • Arthur Prince

    Aug 30, 2007 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #32

    Evil Dick Interesting idea Martins and Owen up front and Smith just behind to slide or flick through balls or I suppose V iduka

    G iven / Harper

    Beye Rozenhal Capaca Enrigue

    Milner Barton/ Geremi NZ ogbia

    Smith / Viduka

    Owen martins

    Real Problem here is I have 12 players on the pitch !!!!!!!!!! I think the problem is how Sam sees it He does have some class players to choose from !!!! Nice position to be in at last

  • tommyinaustralia

    Aug 30, 2007 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #33

    i dont think alan smith should get a starting place really
    unless he can shine in DM
    where geremi and/or butt will surely play

    also smith only cost 4mill

  • Dave

    Aug 30, 2007 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #34

    during the african nations we will have a bit of a problen. i would say we will play something like this
    _______ Given
    Taylor Rozehnal cacapa enrique
    milner barton smith N’Zogbia
    Owen Viduka

    Even with 4 potential starting players gone we will still have a very decent team. Shows that we finally have some good depth in the squad.

  • david veitch

    Aug 30, 2007 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #35

    Sam knows what he is doing and wait until Duff and Barton are match fit and busting a gut to get into this team.
    We are on the move, but this time it is upwards and Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Man U and Spurs had better look out because SAMS GOING TO GIVE YOU A BEAR HUG!

  • Shearer 4 pm

    Aug 30, 2007 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #36

    my god looking at this it looks like we have too many player
    we still have barton duff emre taylor and baba-sorry to come back this is going to be a great season uefa cup at least this season possibly champo league big sam is the man say big sam is the man

  • Jon Armann

    Aug 30, 2007 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #37

    why arent we trying to buy big name players or young players that have big potential???? i not unhappy ith new signings its just i thought we had more spending power than that??? aston villa now have knight and davies?? we should sign JOE COLE NOW!!!!!

  • Shearer 4 pm

    Aug 30, 2007 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #38

    knight is 27
    enrique is young with huge potential as is taylor, huntington, edgar, caroll
    i agree with what sam is doing he is stabilising what mess souness and roeder left behind my team would be
    geremi/barton/smith or emre
    smith or emre

  • WelshWizard

    Aug 30, 2007 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #39

    It’s reported now on our newsfeed that Beye himself has confirmed he is joining Newcastle……Great signing if this is true….

    Just need Joe Cole now…..now that would be a great signing!!!!

  • Shearer 4 pm

    Aug 30, 2007 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #40

    where would joe cole fit into the team


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