We have heard today from our new signing Cheick Tiote, and the Ivory Coast International has talked of his pride after finally completing his move to Newcastle United.
Cheick Tiote – thrilled to be joining such a famous club as Newcastle
The defensive midfielder passed a medical and agreed terms last weekend, and a Newcastle delegation was in London yesterday in efforts to get a work permit for the player, which they expect to come through within the next 48 hours, although Tiote will not be in the squad for the Wolves game tomorrow afternoon.
And it seems that Tiote can’t wait to get his St James’ Park career off and running, as he said today:
“It’s a great thrill for me to be joining such a famous club as Newcastle United,” “I’m aware of the great tradition of the club, and the tremendous support they get from the fans.”
“I’m really looking forward to testing myself against the best that the Premier League has to offer, and delighted also that I’ll be up against friends and colleagues from my home country who are already playing in England.”
“This is a really proud moment for me, and I can’t wait to pull on the black and white shirt and do my best to help Newcastle United have a successful season.”
Those are excellent words from our new signing, and as we has reported, as soon as he heard Newcastle United were interested in him, he just wanted to sign for the Tyneside club.
Tiote is Chris Hughton’s fourth signing of the summer, and the Newcastle manager seems confident the tough tackling former FC Twente player and current Ivory Coast International will prove a very good investment:
“Cheik is a terrific signing for us, and I’m sure he will prove to be an excellent addition to the squad,” “He has a first-class pedigree, and I think his game is well suited to the Premier League.”
“He did well with the Ivory Coast in the World Cup, and is just reaching an age where his best years are now ahead of him.”
The player has yet to join up with his new team mates at Newcastle, and he is expected to be on international duty next week.
We look forward the Cheick making his first team debut, and he will give Alan Smith some severe competition for that defensive midfield position at Newcastle this season.