Chelsea Want Cheick Tiote – Newcastle Will Sell For Mega Bucks

News in the Sunday Mirror that Chelsea will bid  £20M for Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote in January.

Cheick Tiote – will Newcastle sell?

On the last day of the transfer window last January Chelsea came in with a bid for Cheick,  but the news was he did not want to leave Newcastle and move to London, and since then,  he has signed a new and much improved six year contract at the Tyneside club.

The news is that Chelsea manager Andres Villas-Boas has made the Ivory Coast International his number one target for the January window, and there is still news that Manchester United are also interested.

Newcastle signed the midfielder in the summer of 2010 from FC Twente for just £3.5M, after he had been tracked by Newcastle Cheif Scout Graham Carr for a number of years, and Alan Pardew has said it will take mega-money to sell  Tiote – but he hasn’t said Newcastle will not sell if they get the right offer for the player.

It seems that Tiote has been a Chelsea target ever since he started to play so well for the Toon, after first arriving from the Dutch club, but it will take mega bucks for Newcastle to sell, but if they get the right offer it seems likely they will sell, and we could lose another of our top players.

It may take more than £20M for Mike Ashley to decide to sell the defensive midfielder, but it seems once the club decides to sell, the player would not have much choice either.

This is what Alan Pardew said about Cheick:

“It is going to cost a hell of a lot of money, a hell of a lot of money because we’re in that position now.” 

“I think any of our players that get linked to other clubs, those clubs are going to need to know they’ll need to pay a shed load of money to get anyone out of this football club.”

Alan was then asked if Chelsea would need to come up with a stupid offer, like Liverpool came up with for Carroll, if Newcastle were to sell Tiote, and Pardew continued:

“Absolutely!”  “I don’t envisage anyone going out in this ­window.”  “But if a club, one of the top clubs, comes in and wants to pay way, way over the odds we’ll have to look at it.”

We know every player has their price at Newcastle, and if Mike Ashley gets the offer he wants for Cheick he will sell – whatever Alan Pardew says, and whatever the fans feel – Ashley takes absolutely no notice of the fans’ wishes, and he will continue to do his own thing at the Tyneside club.

Hows’ that for the democratic running of the club – and that’s the way the Newcastle club is run – not unlike an investment portfolio – where big money is made on  assets over  a short period of time.

But if Newcastle do get a daft offer from Chelsea and decide to cash in on a player, who is enormously popular at Newcastle, and very loyal to the club, we don’t want to hear any nonsense about the money being completely  reinvested into the club – that will not happen.

Alan Pardew said that would happen with the Andy Carroll money, and not one penny of that has been spent yet, and it’s now almost a year later.

Will Newcastle ever be able to build a top side if clubs with mega-money keep coming in to buy our best players?

We don’t think so.

Comments welcome.

61 comments so far

  • beddersmag

    Nov 19, 2011 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #1


  • beddersmag

    Nov 19, 2011 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #2

    If tiote goes it must be reinvested as without him we will never mix it with the best

  • beefman13

    Nov 19, 2011 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #3

    Its a business, its ruthless but if chelsea or anyone else wants to pay mad money the situation will be looked at, it would be a bugga to loose cheik no doubt about it, but he would prob go for 25 million, if our players were not performing for the club their values would not be flying like they are, again it will be a hard desision for us to take but it has ben spelt out that if anybody wants to spend that sort of money weather it be to buy one of our players or a mega offer for the club it will get seriously considered, everything has its price not just at the toon but they have came out and said so and to be fair upfront about it so somewhere down the line we have to be ready for some more hurtful desisions but our scouting system can uncover some more gems im sure, this system is differant to what we have ben used to in differant regimes we have to cope with hard calls but we seem to be coming out of the other end of them going forward and long may it continue, but lets not all start getting the hanging nooses out when we get outr backs up about something we dont like beacuse we have to understand it is the way our beloved club is bing run weather you like the owner or not.

  • mkhalaf

    Nov 19, 2011 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #4

    i would sell him for 25-30mill cash,,,i would not get mad if we do at this price range,,,,,,,THE MONEY HAS TO B REINVESTED IN THE SQUAD,,,,we will need to buy a legit number 9 striker for about 20mil and a CM and LB for 10mil total,, considering we still have money from the carroll deal and that we were about to spend around 15mil in january anyway

  • Brutooon

    Nov 19, 2011 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #5

    the only way is that we sell him for 30 million or more.

    Bring another DM, then a striker and a CB

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 20, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #6

    Man. U. Chelsea. All we need now is Liverpool to enter the fray and it could get really interesting. Let the bidding begin. 15 15 15 15 20 20 20 25 25 30 30 going 35 from the gentleman in the blue top any advances on 35?

  • toonfan

    Nov 20, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #7

    How about if chelsea are so desperate to sign tiote we ask for 20m + sturridge that would be a great deal. what does everyone else think?

  • t00ntime

    Nov 20, 2011 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #8

    tiote wont go anywhere 😉

    pardew is just being smart and covering himself, he said carrol barton and nolan wont leave yet they all did. So know he just says it will take mega bucks because now he is coverd for if sum scouse dickheads come in for him for like 60mil 😛

  • dazza

    Nov 20, 2011 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #9

    If Torres is worth 50M and Modric 40M…

    I wouldn’t entertain anything under 45M! (Price goes up in Jan)

    Prefer to keep him and Cabaye together for a could of seasons at minimum

    20M would be a bargain for Chelsea

  • Brutooon

    Nov 20, 2011 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #10

    99.99% of the fans,manager and coaching staff want Tiote to stay

    but if a mega bid was receive, there is no way in HELL that mike ashley will reject that!

  • joppadoni

    Nov 20, 2011 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #11

    as i power my way through the shi te i see ……. ed… im out of words

  • gorgonzola

    Nov 20, 2011 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #12

    I think you people are missing the point here a bit…

    IF TIOTE goes there BETTER be a backup plan with a CDM already in place cause if the c***K that one up we might start sliding down the PL…..

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 20, 2011 at 2:00 AM

    Comment #13

    gorgonzola, I’d hate it if we lost Tiote. But I think we and the management have been expecting something like this. So I think Carr would have been looking for a replacement for quite some time.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Nov 20, 2011 at 2:47 AM

    Comment #14

    I think ashley will keep selling the players untill his loan clears which he gave to the club and will not invest a single penny

  • ilovetoon8788

    Nov 20, 2011 at 2:59 AM

    Comment #15

    Tiote’s so called ‘injury’ seems all very fishy now. I believe negotiations are already under way.

    Ashley will come out and say the money will be ‘reinvested’ into the squad. just like the 35million for Carroll was. LOL.

  • carrollsinger

    Nov 20, 2011 at 3:09 AM

    Comment #16

    Alan traoure is his replacement so 20mil + strurridge that sounds like a good deal!

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 20, 2011 at 3:10 AM

    Comment #17

    ilovetoon8788, LOL? what the ef are you laughing about?

  • toonincheek

    Nov 20, 2011 at 3:12 AM

    Comment #18

    If a mega offer comes in, I hope we still leave it to Tiote whether or not he accepts.

    OK, so he can always refuse a move – in the same way that AC could have refused.
    But if the the owners want to accept an offer, the way they did for AC, where does that leave Tiote?

    Didn’t AC do the best thing for the club by going along with what the owners wanted?
    If Tiote refused a move for big tranfer money, who would he be doing a favour?

    I would like to see him stay, and the club refuse any offer, because my priority is the success of the team.
    If the AC money had been, or will be, spent on improving the team, all well and good.

    I’m not anti-Ashley. He’s done a lot of good, along with some mistakes. But NUFC are now on a sound financial footing and that will be demonstrated by future accounts. No need to cash in now on our best players.

    What I want to see is recognition of the need to be financially viable but not just a business out to maximise it’s profit.

    NUHC belongs to the people and the people want a steam.

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 20, 2011 at 3:13 AM

    Comment #19

    carrollsinger, Do you mean Alain?

  • Sav

    Nov 20, 2011 at 4:59 AM

    Comment #20

    Sell, ok. But what’s the rush? He’s on a 6-year deal. Tiote can play on for another 3 or 4 years for us and STILL be sold for a fat profit. By then, Chelsea may be without Abramovich and on their uppers and we may have actually WON something ( Ok, now I’m being ridiculous).

  • Dannyo

    Nov 20, 2011 at 6:28 AM

    Comment #21

    Alan is only being realistic, and he’s saying what we’re all expecting. Silly money came for Carroll, and i would take it every day without a shadow of a doubt if i had to choose again.
    Same applies to Tiote or/and any big player in our squad.
    It’s as simple as that.


    Nov 20, 2011 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #22

    Why whenever a player gets injured do u lot expect them to be sold? Heaven forbid they are just hurt.

  • Satan

    Nov 20, 2011 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #23

    What Pardew is really saying is that any bid matching MA’s expectations for any player and he’ll cash in…it’s sad reading the many posts on here from fans which highlight the apathy and resignation of supporters; the lack of footballing ambition is filtering down to the common man and people are actually saying that selling one of our best players could be ‘good business’….maybe so for MA but how so for the team I ask???
    The facts show very clearly that money gained from player sales does not get reinvested in player recruitment so how can it possibly
    be a good thing? Are you lot supporters of MA’s bank balance or supporters of NUFC?
    We’re told that the Toon are now financially stable, one of the most stable in the EPL according to the club management and credit to Ashley for this; so what reasoning could be given to sell a star
    player!? This of course could all be media spin….but you somehow get the feeling there may be more to it. If Tiote gets sold in January then the biggest shit storm to date will hit the owner and his comedy sidekick….let’s all just hope he isn’t sold ( and 20m + Sturridge as well!? Get a grip on reality )


    Nov 20, 2011 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #24

    I would want 45mill. Nt less dan that or else chelsea can fk of

  • Chaz

    Nov 20, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #25

    A lot of good points being made by everyone here. In any ‘market-economy’ it is demand led and we already know how ‘money-rich’ clubs have the pick of the best players in the world.

    As a fan I’d hate Chiek to leave us but we are nowhere near the likes of Chelski and Man Etihad and Man USA in buying power terms YET and so we must live in the knowledge that there is a higher likelihood of our most loved players leaving for big money moves away from St. James’s Park for a good while yet.

    Will it hamper our rate of development? I don’t honestly know because I sense that the club is actually trying to set up two ‘production’ lines:-

    Home grown/developed &
    Imported Goods from Europe (and later further afield)

    IF we can get this side right then maybe, just maybe we’ll be OK…

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Nov 20, 2011 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #26

    I want to talk to R.T., don’t give up. Although we lost , it is not the whole world. Hope we can we next time. Lose game, don’t lose your mind and heart!

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Nov 20, 2011 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #27

    I want to talk to R.T., don’t give up. Although we lost , it is not the whole world. Hope we can win next time. Lose game, don’t lose your mind and heart!

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Nov 20, 2011 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #28

    I cant see Tiote going out in January simply because he’ll be at the African Cup of Nations. As for yesterdays game, we can be very encouraged by the performance because against any other team we would have won. Both were penalties unfortunately and their 2nd was awful by Raylor because he wasnt even looking at the ball. However, he has been great this season and 1 bad game shows that hes just human.

    As for their third, it happened when STaylor was off the field so Ben Arfa had slotted back to help the defence and Richards, who I thought was awesome, got the wrong side of HBA.

    We also hit the post and Ba had a great opportunity + we had a few occasions where the ball always seemed to rebound to a Man City player. We need these breaks if you’re going to beat the top teams but our season isnt defined by losing away to City, or Man Utd for that matter. The fact is we have been taking points from teams below us and if this continues, we’ll be top 6-7 no doubt about that.

  • Graeme

    Nov 20, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #29

    FCB has made a net profit in every transfer window since he bought the club, with the possible exception of last summer where we probably spent a net £2 million.

    The Andy Carroll money, apart for some plumbing and free transfer costs, is largely untouched – we haven’t spent the Milner money either, but that’s a different argument!!

    MA quite happily stated he was looking to invest £20 million a year into the club, when he took over – presumably in running costs etc but when we become self sufficient this year, will this go towards transfers?

    The net result is that we DO NOT need to sell players to balance the books or to raise funds for transfers; there is already money available as clearly stated by our Illustrious Leader!!

    So, unless selling Tiote for stupid money (£30 million plus) which will get us better players, creating a stronger team, there is NO point in selling him. If he is to be sold to Chelski, because they asked nicely, it has to be to the benefit of NUFC playing staff.

    As mooted earlier, Sturridge plus £20 million would be very tempting indeed!! On balance, I would prefer to keep our midfield intact and see how far it can develop given European football is obtained!!

  • Bao Zheng

    Nov 20, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #30

    So far this strategy has got us to third so let’s not panic. I actually think it’s reasonable for Ashley to get some of this money back. This idea he should write cheques left right and centre is just daft. Also NUFC is not a democracy, same as the USA while you are entitled to an opinion it’s owned by someone else.

  • toonbrother

    Nov 20, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #31

    There are players out there who can take Tiote’s place. Fegor Ogude of Valerenga is one example. Tiote and Cabaye are easily our best players though. If he must go we should be getting at least £30million and one of their fringe strikers.

  • toonbrother

    Nov 20, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #32

    We should be working out how to get rid of Smith and Shola Ameobi

  • PlasticGeordie101

    Nov 20, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #33

    “Will Newcastle ever be able to build a top side if clubs with mega-money keep coming in to buy our best players?

    We don’t think so.”

    Ed, just take a look at where we are in the league! We ARE a top side.

  • stuart no9

    Nov 20, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #34

    NUFC .will never have a successful team untill ASHLEY, LAMPARSE AND ALAN PARDEW GET OUT OF OUR CLUB.Just when i was starting to warm abit to AP my heart sank and my blood boiled, when i picked up this mornings papers.To say it will take mega bucks to prize tiote away was the most stupid thing he could have said, that is ofcourse if he is stupid,however we know he isnt and he knew exactly what he was saying.He has now advertised tiote and any body else who is decent to all the top clubs in the country.You dont have to tell chelsea, man u liverpool that they will have to cough up, THEY KNOW THAT.what they didnt know was IS HE FOR SALE? they have now their answer and AP knows that.So with that in mind, HOW are we going to have a successful team when ,as soon as a player grabs the headlines , he is gone.If we are going to be successfull and are ambitious .APs comments should have read” nobody at this club is for sale AT ANY PRICE. we are building for the future we areworking towards europe. , but sadly we are not, so stop going on about liverpool man u , nicking our players, they are not. AP is asking them if they want to buy them, being prompted by fat ash all the way. he wont be happy till he has got whatever money he wants from the club. As for the future, forget it , we havnt got one.I know it wont happen but we have to rid ourself of this regime AP INCLUDED

  • 5Danny94

    Nov 20, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #35

    How about a £10m/ £15m deal for Tiote with Sturridge included? It would solve our #9 problem. If Ashley’s unwilling to spend large amounts of money on players, this would guarantee us signing a “big money” striker, and technically, Ashley won’t have to spend a dime.

  • geordiesteve520

    Nov 20, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #36

    @Stuart No9

    I’ll bet you were one of the people who ranted at Pardew and called him a puppet after Carroll, sold because he guaranteed that he would not be sold; now he is saying there could be a chance and being totally open about the fact that we could sell if a huge offer comes in. The fella cannot win; yes, I would hate it if we lost Tiote but if a massive offer came in we all know what would happen, lets keep from the negativity and try to stay positive. We’re still in 3rd and things are looking rosy, hopefully come January we can be in a strong position and fend off any would-be bids.

  • jimmymac

    Nov 20, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #37

    Some people on here are serious jokers or absolutely deluded. £20m + Sturridge? Haha grow up, Sturridge is about to replace a £50m in the team at Chelsea. I don’t even think Chelsea would do a straight swap for the two and even if they do, Sturridge is clearly ambitious and wouldn’t move to a team outside the Champions League.

    People saying if Modric is worth £40m then Tiote is worth £45m……. again a ridiculous comment. Do you genuinely think Tiote is a better footballer than Modric?

    I’m a massive toon fan, and hated Mike Ashley with a passion when he got us relegated……. However, i have forgiven him for a number of reasons: We are 3rd! We constantly beat the mackems, have the best squad we have had in years, have stability for the first time since forever, he is putting the club in a financial position so our kids and grandkids have a team to support in years to come.

    Why do we need to pay £20m for a striker? Price is irrelevent, if we can get a gem for £5-10m (e.g. Tiote, cabaye, ba, Ben Arfa etc). People saying he hasn’t put money in to the club, sorry but he has probably put £130m more than any of you.

    Every player has their price. Let Mike, Derek & Pardew do their jobs and run the club, after all they seem to be doing a damn good job. Lets us stick to our job and support the team…. NO MATTER WHAT!!

  • Rozzy

    Nov 20, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #38

    i hope we dont sell him even for mega bucks. How long ago did Carroll go and we still haven’t spent that money or even replaced him. I think we shouldn’t become a selling club or we will never go forward.

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Nov 20, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #39

    A Chelsea mate of mine who is usually reliable is pretty sure this is real, and they have been told £30m would do the deal!

  • stuart no9

    Nov 20, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #40

    geordiesteve@36 yep i was one of those who thought that.i still believe it was a bad move selling AC , coz we got nothing out of it,however a brilliant move for our owner , hes just made £35m not bad for a days work. You say “the fella cant win. You will never hear the top managers in the top clubs advertising their top players a few weeks before the window opens.APshould know that, unless of course he is being led by our owner, then in that case he should have the courage and the balls to fight his corner ,for the fans and for himself. if tiote is a big part of plans, their should be no discussions . he stays here.also the only negative person at the club is our greedy owner. otherwise we wouldnt be having this debate now.thefans are not the negative one s that comes from our regime( from a football point of view anyway) finance wise, they couldnt be more positive. they know how much money they need to claw back before they sell up.


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