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!