Newcastle Close To Signing Tiote – On Tyneside For Medical


Newcastle may be ready for a breakthrough in their quest to get another midfielder through the door at St. James’ Park.

Cheick Tiote – On Tyneside for medical


The Daily Mail has reported that Newcastle United last night gave Cheick Tiote of Dutch Champions FC Twente a medical at Newcastle, after supposedly agreeing a £3.5M fee with his Dutch club, but the 24-year old defensive midfielder will require a work permit.

The 8 times capped Ivory Coast International was missing from training at Twente, with their official website reporting the reason as a private situation.

The player appeared in all three of the Ivory Coast’s group games at the World Cup Finals in South Africa, and is a combative midfielder who will give Newcastle some bite in midfield.

And last night Chris Hughton did not exactly deny Newcastle’s interest in the player, and FC Twente coach Michel Preud’homme confirmed Tiote’s absence yesterday, but yet the player was still included in his squad for today’s league game against Vitesse Arnhem.

The Newcastle Journal this morning is reporting the former Anderlecht player and his agent spent last night on Tyneside,  but that the fee had still not been agreed.

But there is the likelihood of  Newcastle completing the deal with Twente ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa at St James’ Park – KO 1:30 pm.

The very fact that Tiote is now in the North East strongly suggests that Newcastle are ahead of other clubs, including WBA, to sign a defensive midfield player valued by Twente at around £4.5M.

Newcastle were one of  many English clubs at Upton Park last week as Tiote played the full game in Ivory Coast’s 1-0 friendly victory over Italy.

The player stands 5ft 9ins, but is a combative player and joined FC Twente from Anderlecht in the summer of 2008, having impressed during a loan spell in Holland with Roda JC.

Last season of course FC Twente won their very first Dutch title under former England and Middlesbrough boss Steve McClaren.

After our defeat at Old Trafford on Monday night it was obvious that Newcastle needed some reinforcements through the door before the end of August, and we feel this lad will be an excellent signing for the club.

Let’s hope the club can wrap up this deal – and soon.

Comments welcome.



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38 comments so far

  • Sinner

    Aug 21, 2010 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #1

    Atleast a decent signing.:D
    I hope Arfa would be signing soon.
    Ive been watching T.V this morning and found that OM does not know what to do with him. And they said that they are currently discussing with some clubs for possible transfer.

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  • Toonmania

    Aug 21, 2010 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #2

    i will believe it when i see it on official website, i read so much bullshite about our transfers to last me a lifetime and it’s getting boring to say the least, some report about tomorrows game would be good like some facts of how we have done against them in the past 😉

    HWTL

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  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 21, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #3

    im sure it will be less than 4.5million mind maybe 4.5mil euros..but im pleased we seem to be making a little move for a defensive midfielder which we are desperate for, hopefully if the rumours tht ben arfa is also back in newcastle then he will be signed by end of the day or weekend

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  • nden85

    Aug 21, 2010 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #4

    why the funk are we buying a defensive midfielder? already got too many midfielders, need some full backs and wingers as a priority and a decent striker wouldn’t go a miss

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  • condren

    Aug 21, 2010 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #5

    Sounds similar to what weve got (ie smith) is this really the essential signing we need considering our tight budget?? PACE…….CREATIVITY please!!!!

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Aug 21, 2010 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #6

    Looks like this is going to go through now! Cheers Ed!

    FYI to anyone who is interested

    http://twitter.com/isaacJLJ

    http://twitter.com/cwarris

    These two are the well connected people with inside info I think, so make of it what you will!

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  • umermaliknz

    Aug 21, 2010 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #7

    we’ve already signed a midfielder ED, in gosling 🙂

    I’m new on here every body. howay!

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  • YANICK MALTA NUFC

    Aug 21, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #8

    Interesting news but I don’t know where they found out that he already made the medical ……….. Hope he’ll sign cos he’s hard worker ……….

    But we defenetly needs creative midfielder before the transfer window ends because I’m seeing us strugiling to score goals ………BRING BEN ARFA, HE’S A REAL STAR

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  • Edd Case

    Aug 21, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #9

    Condren – yes, this is an essential signing.
    We only have Smith for DM, so we need another.

    HBA will sign for us, I’m still convinced of that.
    I think the clubs will have sorted out a financial deal yesterday.

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 21, 2010 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #10

    do ppl know anything about we havent got a proper defensive midfielder in the thats why we need one, were playing a finished striker in smudge in that position, at least with both him n arfa in newcastle now we could hav good weekend beat villa n sign these 2 things will b looking up

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  • YANICK MALTA NUFC

    Aug 21, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #11

    @ GeordieToon89

    Where did you see it that Ben Arfa is back on tyne side ?

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  • Sinner

    Aug 21, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #12

    @yannick
    I think its at Journal live.
    Not sure though :L

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Aug 21, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #13

    Yanick, craigcoozy said it, and so did the two guys twitter pages I posted the links to. They are in with Caulkin of the times and Bird of the Mirror as well as the shields gazette guy!

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 21, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #14

    arfa bk in toon, been confirmed by the 2 ppl on here who hav some info coozy n waddles

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  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 21, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #15

    ana we are crying out for an out and out defensive midfielder, we dont need a striker cos he is clearly only going t play one up top with attacking mid just off him either tht be nolan or ben arfa if he signs….. and Yanick ive read the links people have been sending and it says him and his reps are back on toon other than that craigcoozy has also says he came back with his reps at 2pm yesturday

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  • nufclewizc

    Aug 21, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #16

    that c warris on twitter says were thrashing out a deal with HBA and hes here hopefully sign tiote and HBa today so they can vs villa 😀

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  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 21, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #17

    well if its true that he actually indeed is back in newcastle then we must have secured a deal with marseille or we are indeed very very close because they wouldnt let him talk to us otherwise

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  • Toonmania

    Aug 21, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #18

    Ashley & Hughton out looking for Ben Arfa

    http://img835.imageshack.us/img835/420/findingbarfa.gif

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  • nufclewizc

    Aug 21, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #19

    lol 🙂

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  • roe997

    Aug 21, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #20

    coozy updated yes,hba arrived tyneside yes,2pm.thats all he knows.some others said he was staying at jesmond dene house?

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  • YANICK MALTA NUFC

    Aug 21, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #21

    Hope that the roumers that Ben Arfa is on tyne side are is real : )

    I would like Tiote also to sign : )

    2 interesting signings, fingers cross :)))

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 21, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #22

    i truely believe the deal with OM has always been agreed i jus think that dassier was stalling while they got replacements which they now hav in remy n gignac n while he was stalling he was using the press to try n find other buyers

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  • maltese NUFC

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #23

    I dont understand one thing…..how can a player be on the verge of joining a club and at the same time he is included in his teams squad for todays match in holland?

    This doesnt match up….

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  • shearermania

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #24

    4-5-1 with smith, nolan, caroll has just one outcome: predictability

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  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #25

    i a was wondering tht anall maltese i no hes only in the 18 but tht means hes guna atleast be on the bench so surley if they wer guna sell he wouldnt be included incase of injury and stuff

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  • john_cena163

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #26

    Hope arfa realy is in newcastle, bt want belive it until ed posts a topic or get sum news 4 site’s dat he is in newcastle, dis ben arfa saga looks lyk its a movie (Ben Arfa The Saga)

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  • noir9

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #27

    The guys on twitter seem to know the agent the club uses so perhaps its happening. I like smudger & his attitude is first rate but you need to have pace and an ability to read the game to play that role especially when we play with two wingers. You can get away with it if someone alongside him has pace but neither nolan or barton do.

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  • john_cena163

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #28

    Noir9 agree v r lack of pace…, no- i c only 3ppl in da squad who can attack an defen wit their pace , enrique,jonas an wayne routledge. Smith is gud in takels bt fear wen he playr in squad ,always a chance of us playn wit 10 men….

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  • cupiddstunt

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #29

    John_cena163 #26 &28 I just hope if they do decide on making the movie they do not ask you to write the script, as if they do no bugger will be able to understand it. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  • john_cena163

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #30

    Would love to c
    Ben Arfa – 6mill
    Messi – loan(option to by-No, 8mill would b a gud deal, bt nt 100+ mill, he’s nt worth, coz he cnt play in english soil an wl sure b worst signg for 100+ mil.
    Tim cahill- 7mill, (class signg)
    VIDUKA- FREE( would help big andy to score)
    Give – 3mill, (tell him ur our 1st choice ,deal done, loan him to celtic with a option to buy for 6mill an tell him cashely wantd extra mill, so had to sell u) thank 4 being loyal….

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  • john_cena163

    Aug 21, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #31

    Lol the Movie wil b confusng an wit a pinch of salt an pepper, lyk da one v r dealn 4m past 4weeks i guess.

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  • xfer

    Aug 21, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #32

    @18

    lol, nice link mate.

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  • allan666

    Aug 21, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #33

    ben arfa is a must . really lacking creativity

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  • baro

    Aug 21, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #34

    Cheik Tiote is a really excellent defensive midfielder, and has excellent tackling. Is very aggressive and i hope we can tie up a deal for him.

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  • AndyMac

    Aug 21, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #35

    Yes its good to bring in better players but is DM really a No. 1 priority ?

    The fact we couldnt hold on to the ball at OT last week suggests we need players with more ability on the ball but overall we’re still lacking creativity…………..however thats hardly news is it ?

    FFS Ashley get your bleeding wallet out and spend a few bob or risk the drop again next summer.

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Aug 21, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #36

    Newcastle United Set To Complete Deal For Cheick Tiote

    Newcastle United have reportedly agreed a €4.2 million fee for Cheick Tiote and are set to conclude personal terms with the player and arrange a medical.

    According to The Daily Mail, the FC Twente defensive midfielder has arrived on Tyneside to complete talks.

    The 24-year-old has been capped eight times by Cote D’Ivoire and his transfer is subject to an approved work permit application

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Aug 21, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #37

    Lion King!!!!!!Tiote!!!!

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  • Alinufc

    Aug 21, 2010 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #38

    guys relatively new here but personally I believe buy tiote gives solidness and instead of cocky afra use nolan and sometimes use vuckic… Looks very promising and I would hate to see him and others leave cos a cocky player who obviously has no respect for current club. Please refer to this cos honestly I don’t like the sound of afra

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