As well as Dutch press reports last night that FC Twente and Newcastle had agreed terms for the transfer of Cheick Tiote, the Dutch club itself seems resigned to losing one of their top players.
Cheick Toite – close to signing for Newcastle
Dutch Champions FC Twente last night confirmed that Cheick Tiote will soon be a Newcastle United player.
As reported earlier today the Ivory Coast International is on Tyneside having undergone a medical late Friday, and his representatives are putting the final touches to a deal before he officially signs for the Newcastle club.
FC Twente Director Jan van Halst has said the club is resigned to losing their Ivory Coast defensive midfielder, as he said late Saturday:
“It is with some regret we are losing Tiote, he is a physical player and one of Europe’s top players.” ”But as a player he’s had the chance to go to the United Kingdom.”
“And once there is interest from a club, there is nothing more you can do.”
The news in Holland is that once Tiote heard that Newcastle were interested in signing him, he made it clear to everybody that he wanted to join the Tyneside club.
Newcastle have been rebuffed with demands for huge wages from two of their transfer targets this past week – Ben Arfa of Marseilles and 20 year Leroy Fer, the 20 year-old Feyenoord Dutch International midfielder – which has understandably frustrated Newcastle manager Chris Hughton.
But excessive wage demands are not expected to be a problem with Tiote, and the deal is expected to be completed soon.
Events over the last couple of days have moved quickly and smoothly, and it is hoped that Newcastle will soon announce the 24 year-old as the club’s 4th signing this summer.