Sam eyes new left-back

11 December 2007 09:20
Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce hopes to bring a new left-back to the club next month after allowing Celestine Babayaro to end his disappointing stay on Tyneside. Injuries and poor form restricted the Nigeria international to only 66 first-team starts in his three years at St James' Park following his transfer from Chelsea. "If I was going to sign anyone it would be with a much longer-term view than January and February," said Allardyce. "We're looking to build a first-team squad capable of competing at the top level, but we're also looking to improve at youth level and make signings there." Meanwhile, the Magpies boss hopes several of his injured squad will be fit enough to return to action this weekend. The former Bolton boss added: "We're looking to get some players back for Saturday's game with Fulham at Craven Cottage. "I've arranged a behind-closed-doors game this week when we're hoping the likes of Damien Duff, Abdoulaye Faye, Claudio Cacapa and Shola Ameobi will all play. "Michael Owen will probably not, but we're expecting him back with the rest of the first-team squad nearer the end of the week. "He should certainly be back for the game with Derby County at St James' Park a week on Sunday." Allardyce has also handed a trial to Djurgarden's South African midfielder Lance Davids.

Source: ESA