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Chelsea To Pursue Cheick Tiote In The Summer

8:59 am, Sunday, February 6th, 2011 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 54 Comments

Alan Pardew had talked a couple of days ago about wanting to keep his top players at Newcastle.

Cheick Tiote – just before hitting the ball like a missile into the net

And Alan specifically said the next one that could leave in the summer is Cheick Tiote, and the Tyneside club may have difficulty holding onto their star Ivory Coast International.

And news today that Chelsea will renew their interest in the holding midfielder in the summer, after trying to get him from Newcastle in the January transfer window.

The News of the World is reporting that money came in during January for Tiote, but Newcastle turned down the bids for the 24 year-old, who has quickly become a big favorite on Tyneside.

Cheick scored the goal of the season for Newcastle yesterday afternoon, to dramatically snatch a 4-4 draw for Newcastle, after they had been down 4-0 after just 25 minutes against Arsenal and completely outplayed in that first half.

That was Tiote’s first ever goal for Newcastle, but somehow the famous Tyneside  club has to hold onto pearls like this lad.

The news is that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich asked Newcastle to name their price, but Newcastle resisted the advances, but we expect some huge transfers to be made in the summer, because next season is when the Financial Fair Rules go into effect for European clubs.

Then any transfer paid out by a club, will have to come from the revenues generated at the club, and not from the pockets of billionaire owners shelling out the money.

It could even be another painful window for Newcastle fans this summer, if the side loses any more of its top players, but Newcastle will be doing some significant buying of their own – or at least we hope they will.

But surely Newcastle will give Cheick a new contract to keep him at the club, but then of course a huge bid can always come in – that the club cannot turn down.

When is football going to stop top clubs buying up all the top players – and put a little more competition into the game?

And did you notice how I got through this article without even mentioning Andy Carroll - whoops!

Comments welcome.

Tags: Cheick Tiote · Contracts · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours


54 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rotonda heights // Feb 6, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    off topic

    footchy (Newcastle United)
    Rumours in Mexico are circulating that carlos Slim Helu one of the wealthiest men in the world is said to be interested in buying out Mike Ashley at newcastle. Lebanese-Mexican business magnate, philanthropist and the chairman and CEO of Telmex, América Móvil. His extensive holdings in a considerable number of Mexican companies through his conglomerate, Grupo Carso, SA de CV, Carso represented about 18 percent of Slims $65 billion in public holdings. It is understood he has been watching the premiership with great interest since the billionaires started moving in, and would like to flex his financial muscle in the english top division also. Taking a failing club like Newcastle and turning them back to title contenders would be away of showing this. Mike Ashley is a marked man in the north east, and this could maybe be the white night they are looking for. Watch this space

  • 2 Troleibusiukas_LTU // Feb 6, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    rotonda, Great NEWS :)

  • 3 Solaidback // Feb 6, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    Yeah ok Rotonda, if this guy wants to by a PL club, why would he chose the Toon, when he could easily buy any of them, well apart from Manc Citey maybe!!!

    Anyhow, back on topic, Tiote won’t go anywhere, I think Ashley didn’t want to sell Carroll but was put in a difficult position & after seeing the backlash for something that wasn’t his fault, I think he’ll refuse all bids for Tiote or any other player we have in the Summer…. lets just hope that the players can do the same & not turn out to be like Carroll & turn their backs on the club thats given them the chance to shine in the PL… :)

  • 4 Beardsleys Love Child // Feb 6, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    If ashleys true to form he will sell tiote late on transfer deadline day and he will pocket 25million that we cant spend for five months but its ok coz alan smith looked sh*t hot in training

  • 5 kimbo // Feb 6, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    Tiote is the player we MUST keep hold of in the summer but I fear he will leave to play in the Champions League so we should get another £20+million to put in F*t Ashes back pocket.I would give Ranger the No9 shirt for the rest of the season and tell to prove his worth as I believe he will be better than any striker we can attract to the club.

  • 6 stuckdownsouth // Feb 6, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    If we really did turn down an offer from Chelski in the window then this good news, as we might not be the dreading ‘ selling club ‘ we all thought.

    We are a trading club (which Arsenal are by the way) and there is an important difference. You only sell a player when it’s right for you. We might not have a replacement for AC but surely everyone recognises he is not worth 36m (more 20m) so we sell because it is right for us.

    36m to spend in the summer go get them Pards/Graham!

  • 7 repo // Feb 6, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Tiote going in the summer..

  • 8 cyprus // Feb 6, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Please no. Give him a competitive contract, that’s how the world turns…

  • 9 Rotonda heights // Feb 6, 2011 at 9:21 AM


    ease up man, I’m only passing it on. How the f..k would I know if there’s any truth in it !!

  • 10 munch27 // Feb 6, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Not surprised about this but i hope the rumours about Drogba leaving in the summer are true as he brought Tiote to england , a cheeky bid maybe :) .

    On yesterdays game i read many posts slagging Best off , i watched the full 90 mins on football first and thought Best had an outstanding game i hope his injury is not to severe . I think he has a lot more in him .

  • 11 joseismyhero // Feb 6, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    If carroll is worth 35 million, the fact is that tiote is better, much better so atleast 40?

  • 12 Angryman the Angry fan // Feb 6, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    He’s gone!!
    Newcastle United Feeder Club (NUFC)

  • 13 Solaidback // Feb 6, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Rotonda – Easy up,… I didn’t have a go, I was merely giving my opinion on your rumour fella!!!

    The guy you’re talking about is actually the richest man in the world, he has a personal fortuen of over $55b & is richer than Bill Gates…. :0 so you can see why I find it hard to believe he’d want to buy the Toon yeah….

  • 14 richardj1986 // Feb 6, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    £35 Million and he is sold… If some one like real madrid came knocking on the door I can see some new players coming in exchange

  • 15 Toonmania // Feb 6, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    who’s gone???

  • 16 jason // Feb 6, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    my first ever post so be

    Hope he doesn’t go but at the end of the day if the player wants to play European Football or gets his head turned then nothing really club can do no point having unhappy player at club like torres at liverpool. Contracts not worth paper they are written on and players have all the power.

    He will go only if HE wants to go and don’t think the club will want to sell. There is no loyalty in football anymore and if we get to reinvest then we move on ala carroll.

    Would still be gutted as he is the best player in that position in the league and prob one of the best in europe so fee will reflect that. Man Utd would be very interested aswell i am sure.

    He will sign new contract i am sure which will drive up fee and increase his wages even more if he moves.

    Until we become a top 5 side it will happen to not just us but everyother club in the league.

  • 17 Toonmania // Feb 6, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Rotonda & Solaidback,
    Although we all wish it was true i think all of us just take this sort of news with a pinch of salt after the debarcle of ashley “trying to sell” last year i wouldn’t believe anything until i saw the money on the table

  • 18 ginkoh // Feb 6, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Another 35m for us. If any team dare to spend for him. I think MA will accept it, no doubt.

    I remember Ashley want to sell NUFC at 90M-100M tag. To think just 2 players for 70M, It’s closed for whole football club value. World gone mad.

  • 19 JohnnyBrookes // Feb 6, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    We will sell Tiote I’m afraid guys I really don’t want to be negative, but Pardew said as much yesterday, so there we go.

    Its sad but I am scared that he will go, he is more important than Carroll for sure.

  • 20 The Leazus End // Feb 6, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    so we are back all mready to the negative press after a great result against arsenal . tiote may stick his fingers up and want to stay ( there not all like carol)

    rotonda thanks for the info its nice to have some possitive info on a sunday even though it is a rumour ( you never know with newcastle as we have so much as a club to offer a buyer)

  • 21 Jimay // Feb 6, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    I don’t like Alan to go out and talk about we might loose Tiote in the summer. That’s almost as if it is already decided and they want to make more clubs aware that Tiote will be sold and talk up intererst in this lad. Don’t like it at all!

  • 22 The Leazus End // Feb 6, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    FFS he will not be leaving the toon .
    did you see what it meant yesterday when he got that goal.
    tiote is a GEORDIE

  • 23 BlacknWhite Barmy // Feb 6, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Also the Daily Mirror have an article stating Ashley has no intention of selling.

    Obviously seeing the amount of money he can get buying youngsters and selling them on is appealing to the fetids slug.

    Perhaps this is why we did not makew a move for Connor Whickam – already established and would cost in excess of 10M

    tiote for 25M – he take it in a shot.

    We will always be a selling club with this slug in charge

  • 24 Darling27 // Feb 6, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Well that’s Tiote off in the summer for 20 million then :-(

  • 25 jayarrscott // Feb 6, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Isn’t the BIG problem at Newcastle the wages policy?
    If a player can get (only!) £40k/week at NUFC but £80k++ elsewhere, why should they stay?
    I know that £2 million/year is considered obscene but surely in anyone’s mind £4 million/year is better, even if you’re taxed at 50% on both (although I’ve read there are ways around that with the right sort of accountant).
    So, in the short term NUFC will continue to leak their best players to clubs willing to pay higher wages.

  • 26 BlacknWhite Barmy // Feb 6, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    scott – you say leak Ashleys says profit

  • 27 Charlietoon // Feb 6, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Maybe by bringing it up now he can address it before it becomes a problem. I have no doubt Tiote should be up their with Barton and Nolan as our top wage earners

  • 28 carrollsinger // Feb 6, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    35 mil plus was to much to turn down carroll is unproven still the way liverpool play maynot suit his style everythinh we did on the pitch was to play to carroll it proved that agaist fulham but once lovencrap went off and ranger came on we played football beat and ranger can score the goals start then both next game bestie never gives up and thats all we can ask and if we can spend the 35 mill early on in the summer and show the players who we buy why would players wanna leave next year we could have a top 6-8 team with a new striker and winger

  • 29 jayarrscott // Feb 6, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Does anyone know what the actual wage limit is?
    I believe that some players (e.g. Colo, Nolan, Barton, Gutierrez) are on more than £40k/week – but they were all signed up before the new wages policy, so even getting them to stay could prove problematic.

  • 30 carrollsinger // Feb 6, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    off subject everyone seen enkand team?????????
    what a joke barton and simmo should have been in but parker is downing is lampard?????
    what have these players done at least oours wont get injured tho

  • 31 BlacknWhite Barmy // Feb 6, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Bestie never gives up !!!!!!

    didnt exactly put himself around in he 1st half

  • 32 Toonmania // Feb 6, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Perhaps you should have a name change now ;-)
    maybe Bartontheslayer or something

  • 33 Angryman the Angry fan // Feb 6, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    The leazus end, TIOTE is a Geordie!! I know of a bloke who cost someone 35 m who was more of a Geordie!!

  • 34 max // Feb 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    chelsea want tiote?? give us essien..

  • 35 Norwegian NUFC supporter // Feb 6, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    As long as Ashley is in charge the following thing will happen every year:

    1) We will never be in Europe, and will fight against relegation
    2) We will sell our best players (thats why he loves the youth policy to harvest and sell)

    He does not have the cash to own the club, and has no other ambitions than to avoid relegation. And his lack management skills in football as well.

    Our only hope of success the next 5 years is to do a Chelsea and City, and being picked up by a rich owner that is more interested in trophis than return on investment. The new FIFA rule is easy to go by (just give the money istead of borrowing it), and we are probably the most interesting club in world to buy since there is only a upside, no trophies in years and a huge fan base. After some huge investment upfront, we will be back in the CL, and could run by our own revenue.

  • 36 Zangwill_Ho // Feb 6, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    tiote should stay, he is not like Andy Carroll who is not Loyal. Tiote is much more loyal. and Ashley is not a stupid business man, except someone pay over 35m again, otherwise we 100% will not sell Tiote. But the first think first, we need to stay in L first is out main aims!!!! Come on !!nufc!!!!!!

  • 37 ToT24 // Feb 6, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Oh No… !!!

    if that happens, Newcastle look like just a football academy, not football club, monkey mackem will laughing very loud for us.. :-(

  • 38 fongct // Feb 6, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    bye bye Tiote

  • 39 Kaivyn-HelloHooligan // Feb 6, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Yea agree with fongct…though will b sad to c him leave us. Fat @ss will b laughing till can c teeth , cant c eyes.

  • 40 jwheelie12 // Feb 6, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Well i don’t know who watched the game yesterday at SJP, it cost me £36 for a ticket, but that moment at the end when Tiote volleyed that screamer, for me was priceless.

    And so is Tiote

  • 41 BeeGuy // Feb 6, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Tiote’s style of play does not at all fit in with how Chelsea play the game. The Chelsea players are much faster than the Geordies and they would be losing that advantage while Cheick dances around with the ball. This is not to say Tiote is not a fine, fine player, just that he is not cut to the Chelsea mold.

  • 42 Jamma // Feb 6, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    If he hands in a transfer request and we have no choice again, £25m + Sturridge + van Aanholt would be good.

  • 43 Gav00Toon // Feb 6, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Hopefully in the future the UEFA rule for fair financial rule will stop clubs like chealsea screwing over every other club.
    Cheick no doubt will be a Chelse player in the summer with Cashley accepting another huge offer.

    What a goal though!!!

  • 44 Timmers09 // Feb 6, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Wen the new uefa rules come in, if we’ve sold some big players (I don’t want to and hate Ashley circa saving us from fat Fred) we would have 35+ mil for Carroll and whatever for tiote etc yes I know the whole downsides etc, but could some of these other clubs compete with us? As they cannot use the owners money only generated income/sales so we would or should have a hefty sum to “invest” unless Ashley pursues his other hobby- Greggs

  • 45 Sav // Feb 6, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    What will happen is the imperative of qualifying for the Champions League will be even greater and the top sides will squeeze a bigger amount from that competition to ensure the gap is maintained.
    What next with this circus – are we to hope Ranger only has a modest end to the season so he doesn’t get taken from Newcastle by a ‘Big Club’ in the summer? Or maybe Cheick will break his leg on the final game of the season?
    Sooner or later Cashley has to say ‘no means no’ not, ‘no means more’.
    And if ‘profit from player sales’ can be carried over, you could argue there’s money from Martins, Milner, Duff and Given that can be added to Carroll’s fee – IF the owner didn’t pay himself back for costs. And who is to say that won’t happen to the 35 million from Liverpool?

  • 46 gorskino10 // Feb 6, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Well Cheik is worth atleast the same as Andy at 35£ Million

  • 47 adi-bizzle // Feb 6, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    all of you that are slagging off carroll couldnt be anymore wrong. why do you think all pundits and managers believe him over fat ashley?? i was with andy on sat night in newcastle and he knew then that he was being sold yet liverpool say they didnt bid till the final day. how did andy know then? also, havent you seen that liverpool have said the price for torres was set by how much we wanted for carroll but they had already said 50 million before we knew they wanted carroll so maybe, if you look at the facts, all it was, was ashley wanting the money and telling him to go.

  • 48 cupiddstunt // Feb 6, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Brain dead @ #26 after having spent aprox 300 mill please do tell me where the profit is???????

    Ashley will only be in profit when the value of the club exceeds the money he has already spent, understanding this concept is what makes Ashley the multi millionaire as he is only worth around 700 mill at the moment.

  • 49 Oleg G // Feb 6, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    1. Won’t be suprized if he is gone in the summer.

    2. Tiote, Barton, Jose – more important then Carus or Cabul, you know, th guy that we sold a week ago.

    3. The news about the Mexican dude, not true until it is confirmed that it is true.

    4. No news about Best – those are good news

    5. News that we are after the brazilian free agent, forgot the name. Nice news.

    6. Happy after yesterday. Would be histarical if it was 5-4 in the end for us.

    7. I think the team added couple of thousands of fans last night worldwide. People love the underdog.

  • 50 Oleg G // Feb 6, 2011 at 1:57 PM


    what a dirty person. What kind of crappy things to say about your own team!

  • 51 BeHonest // Feb 6, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    I guess that if anyone comes in with big money he’ll be gone. Especially if that somebody can offer Champs League football. This is so gutting it’s hard to stomach so I hold on to these 2 hopes:

    1. He won’t be guaranteed a starting place so maybe that’ll put him off?
    2. If they buy him in the summer, that WILL affect their UEFA financial fair play commitments (starts financial year ending 2012 – i.e from April this year). Deals that are already done are a grey area becaue the purchase price may not count, but the wages will. (So ManCity are already screwed because ignoring purchase price, their wage bill breaks the rules – Champions League is a MUST for City this year or they have no way of meeting the rules.)

    Therefore, unless they sell first (or plan big sales within the next year or so), they won’t be able to spend more silly money.

    This, of course, assumes they don’t have a way round the rules and that the rules end up amounting to anything significant – which is debatable but I strongly hope they do.

    So let’s all cross our fingers that UEFA comes to our rescue. Haha ;o)

  • 52 john_cena163 // Feb 6, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    If chelsea wants toto, GIVE US 90MIL. Wich they will neva give, an toto is ours for another season

  • 53 i Toon // Feb 6, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Get Gervinho from Lille maybe he would say with a fellow country man

  • 54 dave 1961 // Feb 6, 2011 at 6:34 PM


    The reason anyone could prefer to buy us could be that one of the following are taken
    1. man u the best team in the world (at least reckoned to be) taken
    2. man city the richest team taken
    3. Liverpool the biggest thieves in the world taken
    4. Arsenal the biggest wingers in the world £700m.
    5. Tottenham the biggest pretenders need stadium cost & £500m
    6. Newcastle greatest fans in the world cost £240m + £160m redevelopment cost south stand & east corner.
    7. the rest too small or play in mueums.

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