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.