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    Deadline Day Feature: Newcastle United's Top 5 Deadline Day Signings.




    By Ryan Carter.


    TIME is ticking down for clubs to bring in new faces to help strengthen their squads on this Transfer Deadline Day.

    But with five players signed and just short of £50,000,000 spent, it would appear Newcastle United have finished all of their business earlier in the transfer window.

    This is not the first time the North East side have made sure to do their business early, with only a handful of players being signed on the final day of the window.

    So, as deadline day looks set to be another quiet one for the Magpies, it is time to look back at some of the big names to come to St James’ Park on the final day and count down the top five deals.

    5. Abdoulaye Faye



    When Sam Allardyce became Newcastle’s manager, he looked to strengthen a defence which had looked weak the season before his arrival.

    One of the men Allardyce brought in the improve the back four was Abdoulaye Faye, a player the new Magpies boss new very well from his old club Bolton Wanderers.

    The Senegalese centre half was brought in on the final day of the window and gave fans plenty of promise.

    However, the big defender failed to impress during his debut season at the club and signed for Stoke City the following year.


    4. Antoine Sibierski



    Not much was thought of this signing on deadline day 2006, with the Toon Army faithful expecting much bigger names as they looked to push forward.

    But when Antoine Sibierski was brought in from Manchester City, he quickly changed opinions on Tyneside.

    The Frenchman was made to play in a forward role, following injuries to a number of Newcastle’s strikers, and the player went on to score important goals both domestically and in Europe.

    The Frenchman soon became a fan favourite before leaving the club to join Wigan the following season.

    Sibierski has remained close with the club and admits to being a Newcastle fan himself.


    3. Habib Beye



    Another defender signed by Sam Allardyce on deadline day, a player who fans in the North East will have looked forward to seeing join their club.

    The then Olympique Marseille captain had put in a number of strong performances in European competition and brought with him plenty of experience.

    He went on to be loved by Newcastle fans, who created a chant for the player which saw the Geordie crowds sing his name to the tune of Happy Days.

    Beye then went on to receive Newcastle’s player of the season award but was sold to Aston Villa after two years with the Magpies, following the team’s relegation from the Barclays Premier League.


    2. Nolberto Solano (Second Spell)



    During his first period with Newcastle, Solano went on to become a huge fan favourite and described himself as an adopted Geordie, before leaving the club to join Aston Villa.

    But on deadline day 2005, the Peruvian midfielder rejoined his beloved Newcastle with James Milner going in the other direction on loan to Villa.

    The signing pleased fans who were delighted to see a player who became so close to the club and the city during his first stint with the Magpies.

    Solano then left to join West Ham a few seasons later to be closer to his family but admitted his disappointment at not being able to help Newcastle win trophies.


    1. Michael Owen



    Signed from possibly the biggest club in football in Real Madrid, for the most amount of money ever spent by Newcastle United  at £17 million in the final hours of the transfer window, Michael Owen was always going to top this list.

    Despite an injury-hit career on Tyneside which saw the England star not hit the heights fans were expecting, the signing of Owen in 2005 shocked the footballing world.

    Newcastle had to fight off some late interest from Everton and Liverpool to bring the forward to the North East but the deal did go ahead and he became the Magpies’ record signing.

    Owen scored 26 goals during his time in the North East, including a hat-trick against West Ham in his debut season with the club.

    The player would go on to become Newcastle’s captain when Kevin Keegan returned to manage his former club.

    Geordie fans quickly turned on the forward however, when his loyalty to the club was questioned following speculation the player was more interested in keeping himself fit for England games.

    Owen would then let his contract expire following Newcastle’s relegation from the Premier League and go on to join Manchester United.


    So, with hours remaining of this 2015 transfer deadline day, questions still remain whether or not Newcastle will bring any new names in or let any players leave the club.

    If any Newcastle United transfer news does break, Premier League Preview will be on hand to provide the details.
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