Ex-Toon Defender Lines Up With Beckham!

Last updated : 22 January 2008 By Footy Mad - Editor
Sam Allardyce got his way and kicked out the ex-Chelsea defender, and not before time too, although Newcastle were given the bill to buy out his contract.

But the No 1 target of the Toon boys is set for a culture change.

Not only a new life in the States, but the chance to play alongside David Beckham next season after agreeing to join Los Angeles Galaxy.

The former Newcastle United left-back is on the verge of signing a three-year contract with the Major League Soccer club after being released by the Magpies late last year.

The injury-prone 29-year-old will link up with his old manager Ruud Gullit, and with former Middlesbrough defender Abel Xavier.

Babayaro joined Newcastle in the January 2005 transfer window. 

He made only 45 Premier League starts during a three-year period when he suffered a catalogue of relatively minor injuries from which he almost always made a slower than expected recovery, annoyed most of the club's supporters.