Chris Hughton has at least said he is aware of the reports that Newcastle are interested in FC Twente’s Ivory Coast International defensive midfielder Check Tiote.
Check Tiote – capped 8 times so far for the Ivory Coast
Of course Hughton refused to confirm whether Newcastle have already made an offer for the player, but West Bromwich Albion have completed the signing of midfielder Borja Valero for a club record fee of £4.7M yesterday from Spanish club Real Mallorca.
WBA have reportedly made a bid of around £3M for Check Tiote, and we were hoping they have now given up on Tiote after Newcastle reportedly launched their own bid for the player yesterday.
Hughton is working hard to sign new players this month but obviously would not be drawn on Newcastle’s specific targets, and that’s understandable.
Indeed, Chris claims that most of the names linked with Newcastle is only guess work on the part of the mass media – well that’s a surprise.
But as far as Tiote goes the Newcastle manager doesn’t seem to deny the Newcastle interest, as he said today:
“He is a player we are very much aware of, but as with lots of other names, they are very much speculation.”
Exactly what that means is itself open to speculation, but it seems to us he is not denying the Newcastle interest in the player.
We hope he is not denying the Newcastle interest in the player.