Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Murphy for Bowyer and Faye deal?

With the future of Graham Souness at Newcastle in doubt, The Guardian reports attempts to lure Danny Murphy from Charlton Athletic. Newcastle are willing to offer Amady Faye, bought by Souness for £2m a year ago from Portsmouth, and Lee Bowyer as bait.

Senegal international nidfielder Faye is a defensive midfielder with a reputation as a tough tackler (sounds a bit like Kishishev). He made his name at Auxerre in France before moving to Pompey in 2003. He was a member of the Senegal World Cup squad in 2002 which reached the quarter finals, although he missed the target in a penalty shoot out against Cameroon. My view is that getting a defensive midfielder is not a current priority.

Curbs has specifically denied any knowledge of a Murphy move, but he has seemed out of sorts in recent matches. Any return by Bowyer to The Valley remains highly controversial with the Addickted. Some feel that he would add an edge to the side that often seems to lack aggression, others argue that whatever his footballing merits may be, they are outweighed by his off pitch record. Indeed, his on pitch disciplinary record leaves something to be desired.


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