The Sun is reporting that Sunderland are closing in on a £1.8million move for Aston Villa’s Habib Beye. Steve Bruce is looking to bolster his defensive options and sees the 32-year-old right-back as a genuine option.
Beye has only been at Villa for half a season but has struggled to make an impact since his move to the Midlands. Carlos Cuellar and Luke Young appear to be ahead of the Senegal international in the pecking order. With his first-team opportunities limited, Beye is open to a move and Martin O’Neill is willing to sanction the move for the right price.
Bruce believes that Beye could help shore up his struggling defence along with new signing Matthew Kilgallon, and that his experience would be invaluable as they seek to rediscover their early season form. Beye would certainly be an upgrade on Sunderland’s current right-back, Phil Bardsley.
A move for Beye would not be without controversy given his past as a Newcastle United player. Beye was something of a cult hero with the Toon Army and was named the Newcastle United Player of the Year in 2008; but a move to Sunderland is likely to harm his legacy on Tyneside significantly. But the player left Newcastle with the intention of saving his career and though Villa have done well this season, he has played little part in their season so far. A move away from the club will be attractive to the player as he approaches the twilight years of his career.
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