Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has again talked about Cheick Tiote, and that it will take some big money before Newcastle will ever agree to sell him.
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But one interpretation of Alan’s comments are that he is trying to talk up the value of Tiote, as they did with Andy Carroll a year ago.
But if Newcastle do sell Tiote, who will be off to the African Cup of Nations in mid-January, Newcastle had better make sure they bring in a suitable replacement immediately.
We assume Graham Carr has some players already identified, that Newcastle could move for, if they do get a huge offer for Tiote.
And Newcastle shouldn’t accept anything on the last day of the transfer window, because there will not be time to bring in a suitable replacement, as we proved last January when we sold Andy Carroll to Liverpool.
The latest news on Tiote is that Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham are all interested in the Ivorian, and as we said this morning, we think a cash offer of around £25M would be enough for Mike Ashley to sell – and then spend around £3M to bring in his replacement.
Only last Monday Newcastle were linked with Ivory Coast international and Nice midfielder 26 year-old Kafoumba Coulibaly.
The Nice player has played 98 times and scored two goals for Nice, and plays very much like Tiote in defensive midfield, and the news was that he would cost around £3M.
Alan again talked about the possibility of losing players next month:
“We could lose our players to the Champions League teams, so you are all on your guard.” “Players start manoeuvring and agents – it’s not a very nice period.” “You never know with the window. It’s such a minefield of possibilities.”
“We have one or two players here that top clubs, I’m sure, will be interested in.” “But the one thing I would say on that is that they are going to have to pay a lot of money to take anybody out of here, because we are obviously in a good position – not just on the playing side, but financially as well.”
“Tiote is a big target because he’s a great player, and great players are going to be targets.” “It would be very, very difficult to get him out of here.”
The other two top players that could be targets of bigger clubs are captain Fab Coloccini, who is in negotiation for a new contract with the club, and also French midfield success Yohan Cabaye, who has settled in very quickly to the Premier League.
Newcastle are getting their financial books in shape, and in the financial year that ended last June, lost a little short of £5M, compared with over £30M in the previous financial year.
We would expect the club to make a profit this financial year, which ends next June, and there will be less and less reason for Newcastle to sell, once the club has their financials in order.
Maybe then we can start to build a top side, but until that time, we have to hope we lose none of our top players next month or in the summer.
But you also cannot be certain about that, as Alan Pardew indicates above.