Can Newcastle Get Both Tiote And Ben Arfa Through The Door?


Newcastle look close to signing hard man Cheick Tiote of FC Twente, the Dutch Champions, and we hope that deal can be completed before tomorrow’s important game with Aston Villa.

Ben Arfa – Newcastle still pursuing this player?

Tiote will give some steel  to the Newcastle midfield, and a player who is almost the opposite, with sublime and silky skills,  is 23 year-old Hatem Ben Arfa.

And even though it has looked like Newcastle were dead in the water in trying to sign the French International, after he was on Tyneside last weekend trying to force through his move to Newcastle, it seems the Tyneside club are still in the lead to get this lad on loan, after Werder Bremen yesterday denied any interest in the player.

Hughton has played his cards very close to his chest throughout the transfer window, and we like the way Chris keeps quiet about everything until the deal is done, and that’s a nice change for a Newcastle manager, and one of Chris’ strengths in the transfer market.

And while Hughton has refused to say much about Ben Arfa at all, the very fact he has said something this morning to the Newcastle Journal,  could suggest the club may be closer to getting this player on Tyneside.

This is what Chris said today about Ben Arfa:

“He is very much a player we are aware of,” “He is a good player but there’s certainly nothing to say on that one.”“I read the reports,”

“Certainly I have not seen him.”  “Anything regarding Ben Arfa, it is categorically speculation.”

“Is he a player I like and admire, yes. But I honestly don’t know what the position is. I honestly don’t know.”

If Chris does not know what the current situation is, you could argue the deal is hardly dead in the water.

We are still hoping the deal can be made with Marseilles, but their President Jean-Claude Dassier will have to take an ego hit, if indeed the Newcastle club, whom he appears to dislike, gets their man.

The latest news is that Ben Arfa’s wage demands have put off several clubs across Europe, and the Frenchman was photographed on Tyneside this week but Hughton was claiming ignorance over it all.

And there is news on some fan sites today, that Ben Arfa is back in Newcastle right now, but we have no idea if those rumors are true.

But if we can wrap the Tiote deal up this weekend, and then bring in Ben Arfa, then most Newcastle fans would be very pleased with those two players – silk and steel in the form of Ben Arfa and Tiote in our midfield.

Comments welcome.


90 comments so far

  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Doubt it :[

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  • roe997

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #2

    fingerz crossed.apparently smith is going,so his wages can help pay new arrivels.65k hes on.

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Where is Smith going??

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  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #4

    ano a just cant see someone buying smith for his wages

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  • roe997

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #5

    breman have bought wesley from santos to replace ozil.so they wnt be hyjacking out for sure.

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  • toonruz

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #6

    smith could go to rangers on loan for the season

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  • roe997

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #7

    its on cwarris twitter page.hes a mate of agent,hes been bang on they rekon.the orical of the toon.rangers was the last club linked with smith.apparently hes life long fan and is desperate to one day play 4 em.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #8

    suppose he would take a paycut to play for rangers anall if he is a life long fan

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  • shearermania

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #9

    roe 997
    is smith really leaving or is it just wishful thinking…
    couldnt score in a brothel

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  • shearermania

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #10

    shame we didnt get Powlsen (liverpool) i really rate him – dirty player but with good tecnique and passing skills and can score a goal too

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  • roe997

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #11

    ya rite mate,think he’d take a pay cut.any one else glued to ssn and the blogs?av got ne nails left.ha

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  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #12

    me to roe av got ssn on waiting for something to come up everytime tht clockwatch comes up but nothing as of yet haha

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  • DeeJay

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #13

    I was just wondering why we’d not announced the deal, if as the tabloids say, Tiote is a done deal.

    The twitter posts seem to say it was done on Monday.

    If OM want 5-6 million for Ben Arfa and we’ve told them that we don’t have the money to spend so need a loan deal instead, then I wonder how they’d react if they discovered we’d spent 4.5 million on another player?

    Perhaps we’re keeping one deal quite for the sake of the other? If that’s the case, the constant speculation on the web (and articles like that one that the press are likely to read) are hardly helping our cause……

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  • MacToon

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #14

    For any1 interested, I received an e-mail from Craigcoozy as arranged and can only say he seems 100% genuine and so does his info.

    Other sources around like on twitter are beginning to come out backing what craig has said so hopefully we need not worry about any1 faking craigs name in the future.

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #15

    They won’t announce anything till there done cud b Monday yet, any know what time twente kick off today check if he is in there sqaud

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  • toonruz

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #16

    well thats all good then lets hope its a done deal then

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  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #17

    we need him to come on here to see if he knows anything else about tiote n arfa he says before he only knows infor about players we are in talks with

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  • roe997

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #18

    whatevas going on,its got more drama than a monday night soap opera marathon.lol.id get shot of smith in a heartbeat,he aint cut up for a dm,hes got the heart,but lacks tech and ability.hes more a lyability than a asset.how many set pieces will he give away?get sent off or be injured?65k a week!beta off without em!

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  • toonruz

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #19

    may be we scared him off after yesterday hope not ?

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  • DeeJay

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #20

    their match kicks off at 18:45 (local time)

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #21

    MacToon

    Has Craigcoozy mentioned these two player ie Tiote and Arfa arriving at NUFC. I know he did mention that Arfa arrived yesterday at around 2pm but was just wondering what the latest is????

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  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #22

    I don’t read anymore CH interviews they bore me to tears…he never has anything to say just waffle.

    He Just deflects questions and denies everything….if there’s nowt happening Chris just tell it like it is or get a job in politics.

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  • noir9

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #23

    Anyone know who the agent is we use? That guy on twitter say’s “mr waite will soon be getting his fee for the ben afra deal” doubt that “waite will be his real name.

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  • toonruz

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #24

    don think he said any thing about Tiote but he did about the french one

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  • MacToon

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #25

    Toon1978, the info is about Arfa and nothing about Tiote as far as I can see. As craig has said his info is limited but is reliable as we know from other deals in the past. I believe him 100%.

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  • Jan Stavik

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #26

    The Arfa-deal looks more likely with Werder out of the running. Will this transfer window be like the last 3-4 years, not much activity and then some emergency deals on deadline day? I hope so, because our squad is not strong enough.
    Smith leaving? With that salary I’d love to see him on the bike, but I’m afraid there are no takers…

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  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #27

    do agents still get fees for loans? am sure they dont a thought it was only permanent transfer that they got fees, i could be wrong mind

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #28

    Well if there’s no news today if tiote ain’t in twentes team I fink we can assume its true he is here

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 21, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #29

    MacToon

    Thanks for the info mate, it is much appreciated 🙂

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  • petey

    Aug 21, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #30

    Wikipedia lol
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheick_Tiot%C3%A9

    “Cheick Ismael Tioté (born 21 June 1986 Yamoussoukro) is a Ivorian footballer who is currently playing for Newcastle United from the English Premier League.”

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  • MacToon

    Aug 21, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #31

    sirjasontoon, Yeah CH is a bit boring but it’ll be part of his job working for Ashley to not say anything about on-going deals. Makes sense really.

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  • petey

    Aug 21, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #32

    Dutch newspapers are also saying he has agreed personal terms.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 21, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #33

    suppose its better for him not to say anything to avoid inflation in the prices or other teams gazumping us knowing we want certain players i dont care what he says aslong as we get the right players in and he knows what positions we need which is good

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  • MacToon

    Aug 21, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #35

    Toon1978, np and it’s reassuring that we can discount anyone trying to fake craig in the future 😉

    I’ll say again, he never posts anywhere else, if you see his name anywhere else they are faking his name!

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  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 21, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #36

    petey, read the side of tht wiki page it says his current club is fc twente but in the write up he says he signed for newcastle after having a medical, wiki is just pile of shite anyone can edit tht, i am hoping it comes true thou mate

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  • GeordieGerman

    Aug 21, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #37

    petey, just checked it out to.

    “He joined Newcastle United in the English Premier League for a reported £3.5m after having a medical with the club.[2]”

    My pc is crawling. got 7 windows open.

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  • sweendog

    Aug 21, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #38

    petey..

    Wiki isn’t the best source .. see current club is Twente .. if they’re gonna make up stuff on wiki do it right 🙂

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheick_Tiot%C3%A9

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  • batty

    Aug 21, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #39

    MacToon // Aug 21, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    For any1 interested, I received an e-mail from Craigcoozy as arranged and can only say he seems 100% genuine and so does his info.

    Other sources around like on twitter are beginning to come out backing what craig has said so hopefully we need not worry about any1 faking craigs name in the future.
    <<<<< wot ya deein sending yaself emails mac

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  • sweendog

    Aug 21, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #40

    GeordieToon89 .. you beat me to it 🙂

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