There has been a lot of news on Cheick Tiote in the last few weeks and whether he will leave Newcastle, and the midfielder is still only 50-50 for the game tomorrow against Swansea.
Coloccini – still only 50-50 for Saturday
That’s the bad news from Alan Pardew and surprisingly Fab Coloccini is also only 50-50, even after almost making the game last Saturday at Norwich.
And the news today is that Mike Ashley is already fully involved with the upcoming January transfer window, and Alan Pardew held talks with Mike Ashley yesterday.
That was for the second time in the last week, and both are working to bring in a top center-back next month.
This is what Alan Pardew said about the transfer market:
“Cheik is vulnerable because he is a quality player. Great players will be targets.” “We value him very highly here and expect him to stay, but I’ve learnt from the Andy Carroll situation.”
“I can confirm there have been no bids but that does not mean to say something might not come out of the fire.” “But it will be difficult to get him out of here. If he did go, it would have to be for silly money.”
“Cheik is a warrior. He brings a winning personality on to the pitch and we’ve missed his presence and his power.” “Danny Guthrie was absolutely brilliant in the spell when he was initially out but he needed to be because that is how important Cheik is to us.”
“There’s certainly one player who will be coming in and we’re hoping for two,” “Mike is very focused?on what a great season we’re having.”
24 year-old Sochaux striker Modidbo Maiga is almost certain to complete his move to Tyneside in early January, and it looks like Newcastle will bring in at least one other player – a center-back.
There is continual news of Newcastle bringing in Taye Taiwo, the 48 times capped Nigerian International left-back, who is not getting many games at AC Milan.
The player is keen to make a move next month, with Newcastle said to be trying to negotiate a loan move for the former Marseilles player.
It looks like Newcastle will definitely get two players in, and possibly even a third one, before February rolls around.
But on Saturday against Swansea, Newcastle could still be without both Colo and Tiote, as Alan mentioned in his press conference.
And if that’s true Newcastle could struggle again, as we did last week at Norwich, to get the win we desperately need.