Alan Pardew has said there will one player coming during January and perhaps two.
Cheick Tiote – what a goal that was!
That’s a pity because we were hoping for up to three to strengthen the squad a bit for the run-in to the season.
After all Newcastle must have a decent chance to finish in the top seven and that usually means a position in the Europa League.
It seems certain that Mobido Maiga will be coming in – probably on January 1st – and he will offer speed, heading prowess (he’s 6′ 2″ tall), considerable strength and he’s good at holding up play.
Mobido can play a number of upfront positions, and he can play like Shane Long of WBA, by playing just behind (onside) the opposing back four.
Alan Pardew does not like the January transfer window, and of course there’s always a chance that Cheick Tiote could be sold.
Mike Ashley will have a figure which if Chelsea or Manchester United meet – we think it may be £25M in cool cash, then he could be sold.
And in these circumstances the player doesn’t usually get to decide his future, as strange as that may seem.
This is what Pardew said today, and he made a point of mentioning the Ivory Coast International:
“Clubs will have to pay us a lot of money for our players, we are doing well.” “We are always on our guard with Cheick Tiote.”
“But at least one player will be coming in maybe two.” “The January window is a minefield.”
The news over the last month or two has been that Chelsea are ready to make a £20M bid for Tiote.
And with Manchester United’s Darren Fletcher unfortunately having to take an enforced rest from football, to try to recover from his ulcerative colitis – which is an inflammatory bowel condition.
I’ve found out in the last couple opf months that similar kinds of conditions are side effects of radiation treatment, when you get radiation treatment on the prostate area, and it’s like hell on earth, and we sincerely hope Darren can be completely cured.
But with Darren out, Alex Ferguson has even more reason to go into the transfer window next month, and the Red Devils were linked with Cheick several weeks ago.
As we said we think Mike Ashley will play his hand like he did with the Andy Carroll deal, and if Chelsea or Manchester United are willing to overpay for Cheick, Ashley could sell him.
But we are hopping that Cheick will be at Newcastle come February 1st, and of course he wants to stay on Tyneside too.