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.