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Villa swoop for Newcastle's Beye

Habib Beye
Beye joined Newcastle from Marseille for 2m in August 2007

Aston Villa have signed defender Habib Beye from Newcastle United on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

The Senegal international right-back, 31, follows Stewart Downing and Fabian Delph to Villa Park as boss Martin O'Neill's third major summer signing.

He was Newcastle's Player of the Year in 2008, and reached the Uefa Cup final with Marseille in 2004.

Beye had also been given permission by to speak to Hull City before opting to join Villa.

He told AVTV: "I was really happy when my agent told me Villa were interested. I just said 'Get it done'. I wanted to sign for this club.

AVFC - Pride of Brum

"It's going to be great working for Martin O'Neill because Villa have a great team. I am so proud now to play here.

"It was important for me to stay in the Premier League and I am really happy I have with Villa.

"Newcastle are a massive club but everybody knows the problems at the moment.

"I think joining Villa is a great step for me. I signed my contract this afternoon and I'm really glad. I now hope I will be successful with Villa."

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see also
Bassong quits Newcastle for Spurs
06 Aug 09 |  Tottenham
Newcastle accept Hull's Beye bid
06 Aug 09 |  Hull
Aston Villa complete Delph deal
04 Aug 09 |  Aston Villa
Downing ruled out until December
24 Jul 09 |  Aston Villa
Downing joins Villa in 12m move
16 Jul 09 |  Aston Villa

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