It’s only three weeks to the transfer window opening in January so watch out for Newcastle being linked with a few players.
Kafoumba Coulibaly – being tracked by Newcastle
One such player is Ivory Coast international and Nice midfielder 26 year-old Kafoumba Coulibaly and news today in the Daily Mirror that the Magpies are readying a bid for Nice midfielder Kafoumba Coulibaly.
The player is similar in style to Cheick Tiote, and is even the same height at 5’10”, but he has played only once for the Ivory Coast, and if Newcastle are really interested in this player, it could mean they will take the £20M said to be offered for Cheick by Chelsea in January.
It is being reported that an offer somehow in the region of £3million should be enough to get Coulibaly on Tyneside.
It even sounds the type of deal Mike Ashley would do – get £20M for a player and then replace him with one that costs £3M, and that’s not meant to be too damming.
That’s because the Newcastle scouting team have proved more than once that they can scout some excellent players, like Yohan Cabay, Demba Ba, Mehdi Abeid and others.
It could well be that Alan Pardew has already been told that star midfielder Cheick Tiote will leave the club in January, and he had better plan on a replacement now.
The 26-year-old is a defensive midfielder and started his career at the much famed Ivorian club ASEC Abidjan in their youth academy, and after playing in Belgium football like Tiote did, he finally moved to Nice in 2008.
He has played 98 times and scored two goals for Nice according to their web-site, and of course Nice are having a difficult season and are second bottom of the French league with 14 points from their 17 games..
We’d be very sorry to see Tiote leave, and hope this Chelsea link could be all paper talk, but we should probably brace ourselves that he could leave Newcastle next month.
Seems like he’s too good to stay at Newcastle.