There was news today that Liverpool may bid for Newcastle center-back Fabricio Coloccini, and that’s been followed by news that Manchester United may be interested in Newcastle’s central midfielder Cheick Tiote.
Cheick Tiote – after scoring sensational goal against Arsenal
With Newcastle 4th in the league table and playing really well, it’s not really surprising that Newcastle’s top players will get some attention from the bigger clubs in England.
Tiote joined Newcastle from FC Twente for £3.5M a year last August, and he has been a star for the Newcastle side ever since.
And Cheick scored that dramatic 89th minute equalizer against Arsenal last February, to get a 4-4 draw with Arsenal, when Newcastle famously came back to score four goals in the last 25 minutes of that game.
Tiote himself turned down a last day move to Chelsea last January, so we don’t know if his response to Manchester United would be any different. And he was also rewarded in February with a stellar six year contract at Newcastle.
Indeed, Tiote is forming one of the best central midfield partnerships in the Premier League with Frenchman Yohan Cabaye, and he is also not getting booked so much this season, which is also good.
Manchester United would like to improve their engine room – central midfield – after being dominated by Manchester City in the 6-1 hammering they received from their neighbors at Old Trafford last weekend.
It remains to be seen what the Red Devils would offer for Tiote, but we know that every player has their price on Tyneside.
But there will also come a time when Mike Ashley will want to keep his best players, so the team can get back into Europe, and become one of the best teams in England again.
And if they do that the money will be rolling into the Tyneside club, there’s no doubt about that, and Newcastle seem to be in good financial shape at the moment.
So it looks like Newcastle will be tempted once again with some big offers coming in for the their best players in January, and we’ll just have to wait and see what the club’s response will be this time around.
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