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Allardyce's first act will be to show Dyer the door

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Kieron Dyer is likely to be one of the big-name casualties at Newcastle United as soon as Sam Allardyce is installed as manager. There will be no shortage of takers for the 28-year-old England international although his wages, thought to be £80,000-a-week, will be a stumbling block for interested clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur.


Allardyce, who is due to take over at St James' Park after Sunday's final Premiership game of the season against Watford, is unconvinced as to whether Dyer is able to consistently shake off the injury problems that have dogged his career. At the same time Allardyce is understood to be planning a major upheaval of the Newcastle squad and has been promised funds by the chairman Freddy Shepherd.


Allardyce is likely to return to his former club Bolton Wanderers with a bid for captain Kevin Nolan and the defender Talal Ben Haim. Nolan is regarded as exactly the kind of goal-scoring midfielder that Newcastle lack although he will not come cheaply as the 24-year-old only signed a new contract at the Reebok earlier this year. Ben Haim's current deal expires at the end of the season and he is certain to leave Bolton.


The Israeli had been expected to join Chelsea in the January transfer window and although he has made clear that he wants Champions League football it is likely that Allardyce, with the money available at Newcastle, will make a tempting offer.


Allardyce is likely to reshape the whole of the Newcastle defence with the promising Steven Taylor set to be the only survivor. A move for West Ham United's Anton Ferdinand, planned under Allardyce's predecessor Glenn Roeder and believed to have reached an advance stage, will be shelved as the new manager targets greater experience. That would open the way for a possible bid for Portsmouth's Sol Campbell who, according to sources at Newcastle, is keen to move to Tyneside for personal reasons just 12 months after he left Arsenal for the south-coast.


The changes could see Titus Bramble, who is out of contract after this season, move the other way while there must also be a question mark over the futures of Stephen Carr and Celestine Babayaro. Oguchi Onyewu has only been signed on loan until this weekend and a permanent deal may not be agreed.


If Dyer leaves his likely destination would be Spurs - where he would link up again with Jermaine Jenas and could be used in the problem area of left midfield - although other clubs, such as West Ham United if they avoid relegation, may also be interested. Newcastle would hope to re-coup most of the £6m fee they paid for Dyer eight years ago but in order for a deal to be done they may have to revise down their valuation.


Newcastle are not the only club who have cooled their interest in Anton Ferdinand who has had a torrid season at Upton Park and is expected to leave this summer. Spurs, who bid £4m for the defender, in January are now understood to be in negotiations to sign the promising Auxerre central defender Younes Kaboul. The French Under-21 captain would cost around £7.5m.


The Carlisle manager Neil McDonald, a former colleague of Allardyce, hinted he would be interested in joining him.


"I speak to Sam on a regular basis for advice because I got on very well with him during my time working under him at Bolton as first-team coach," McDonald said. "I class him as my mentor and if he gets the Newcastle job then that would be fantastic. But it's up to him to decide who he wants to get in."

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Actually all that sounds quite positive...... so long as we don't end up with 4 first team players for next season anyway.

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Excellent get rid of this selfish, spoilt, injury-prone and weak-hearted piece of shit. Sam the Man...WHEN you get the job hope this is the first piece of business you do.

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Guest alex

Ritchie, who does the quote in your sig come from? :D


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Thought it would either be him or Leazes :(

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