News today in the Evening Chronicle that Chelsea are indeed putting together an offer to try to tempt Newcastle to part with their star defensive midfielder, Cheick Tiote.
Cheick – get out there and smash those Chelsea players
The London club came in for Cheick last January and it’s hardly been a secret they will try again next month, and it could be that they will have some competition from Manchester United.
Newcastle are not really interested in selling the Ivory Coast International who is well liked booth in the Newcastle dressing room and by the fans, and Alan Pardew has said it will take silly money to buy the player.
That is a different stance taken by Alan from what he was saying last January about Andy Carroll, when he said the player was simply not for sale at any price.
We all found out that price was £35M up front in cool cash.
The new news is that Chelsea could offer Newcastle some players in exchange plus cash for Tiote, but of course it all depends on which players are offered, although maybe Alex will be one of them.
A source close to Chelsea told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Tiote is a player everybody at Chelsea admires.” “There are a number of options and possibilities on offer, but we will have to see what the mood is when the window opens.”
Chelsea are said to be willing to offer center-back Alex, Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou, but those players are kind of old, although Josh McEachran could also be offered on a loan deal.
We’re not sure any of those players would interest Newcastle, although they may want to separately try to get Alex for around £3M, since he seems a decent option, who could really strengthen the current Newcastle defense.
We’ve always liked Kalou, who at 26 fits better into the Newcastle policy of buying younger players, and this lad has skill and loads of experience playing at the top level.
It would be hard to give young Josh a game, and we’d rather see playing time given to Mehdi Abeid or Haris Vickic, rather than bringing along a future Chelsea star.
So it may just take a big cash offer, maybe with Alex and Kalou thrown in, but our view is it would take something like £15M plus Alex and Saloman Kalou to tempt Mike Ashley to sell.
We trust that if Ashley does sell he’ll want to get a stupendous deal again – like he negotiated with Liverpool for Andy Carroll.
One deal breaker could be the wages of those two Chelsea players, and that could add a complication.
And of course if Tiote goes, then Alan Pardew would need to bring in another central midfielder before the January transfer window closes.
But we think Newcastle are in the driving seat with this deal, as they were with th Andy Carroll deal, and if they don’t get a mammoth (make that silly) offer, then Chelsea can forget about Cheick Tiote.
Cheick would then form the basis of a new Newcastle United side that Alan Pardew will continue to build on Tyneside.
What do you think?