It appears that the Newcastle club have been successful in their pursuit of Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote, of Holland club FC Twente.
Chris Hughton – interest in Eastland fringe players?
Cheick is just one of three new players that Newcastle manager Chris Hughton wants to sign before the transfer window ends in just 9 days time.
And news today is that Hughton has lodged an enquiry with Roberto Mancini of Manchester City, about what they are going to do with all the players who will not make their first team 25 man squad, to be announced before September 1st.
Mancini has to trim his squad significantl;y before the end of the month, and quite a few players will need to be moved out – probably on loan.
Chris Hughton admitted today he has made an enquiry at the Eastlands club:
“Yes, we have been in touch with Manchester City, yes we have had a conversation,”“Whether they’ll do business in the last week I don’t know, but we would like to if the chance arises.”
There are a number of the Manchester City fringe players that could interest Newcastle, and the best chance seems to be getting one or even two of their players on loan for the season.
Defenders Nedum Onuoha and Joleon Lescott, in addition to midfield star Michael Johnson, could strengthen the Newcastle squad for next season, that’s for sure.