O’Neill secures determined customer with bags of experience.
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.
“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. (BBC Sport)
Good news for Aston Villa fans, yet more very bad news for the Toon Army faithful. The barcodes have now sold arguably there two best defenders in a matter of 72 hours, first with the sale of Sebastien Bassong and now with the departure of the vastly experienced Habib Beye.
Martin O’Neill is desperate for a leader at the back following the forced retirement of Martin Laursen and former Marseille man Beye could well be a short term solution and a cheap one no doubt.