Liverpool John Chelsea And Red Devils In Chase For Newcastle Star

The Sunday Mirror are reporting today that Liverpool have joined the chase for Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote.

Cheick Tiote – in action yesterday against Swansea

We were wondering when Liverpool would show their interest in the 25 year-old Ivory Coast International,  because Kenny Dalglish seems to always take a liking to Newcastle players.

Indeed he’s taken Andy Carroll and Jose Enrique to Liverpool this year for a combined cost of around £41M.

Alan Pardew has said it will take silly money to sign Cheick Tiote next month, so it’s good that Liverpool are now in the race to sign the top defensive midfielder, who returned to action for Newcastle in yesterday’s 0-0 draw with Swansea City at St. James’ Park.

It will take about £25M in cool cash to sign the Ivorian, and we wouldn’t put it past Liverpool to raise the total money they have paid for Newcastle players in the last twelve months to a whopping £66M.

Sometimes big clubs have more money to spend than sense, and surely Liverpool have proved that,  since Kenny Dalglish took over the club following the firing of  Roy Hodgson, and is being given big money to spend by the American owners.

Of course Dalglish will need to make a convincing argument for Tiote, a similar one that he made to to the Liverpool owners  last January, before paying out £35M for Andy Carroll last January . 😀

As long as they pay up front and it’s all in cash they can probably secure Cheick next month, and we can just see Newcastle owner Mike Ashley rubbing his hands (and raising the fee), and hoping this news is true.

But with both Chelsea and Manchester United also said to be in the running for Tiote, Liverpool may have to pay out even more than the estimate of £25M to secure the 21 times capped Ivory Coast International.

Surely £30M is not too much?

But Chelsea are still favorites to sign the player Newcastle picked  up for a measly £3.5M from FC Twente a short sixteen months ago, after Chief Scout Graham Carr had personally been tracking the midfielder for a number of years.

But if Cheick does go, then Graham Carr will need to line up a replacement, who can come into the Newcastle club in January.

We would estimate the transfer fee allowed for the replacement to be no more than about £4M – maybe £3M on second thoughts.

With the record that Graham Carr has at Newcastle in unearthing some top players, the Magpies should be able  to pick up an excellent player for that amount.

Have you ever tried putting your tongue in your cheek?

Try it, it can be fun.

Comments welcome.

46 comments so far

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 18, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Cheers Ed. I mean. I isn’t that far away from H. Are you drunk too?

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 18, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #2

    I bet you correct that and I’ll look a right prat.

  • niffnoff

    Dec 18, 2011 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Don’t worry GG I got you covered 😉

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 18, 2011 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #4

    Just to show that I’m drunk and not a prat. Here is the original title.

    “Liverpool John Chelsea And Red Devils In Chase For Newcastle star.”

    I for H in John.

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 18, 2011 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #5

    niffnoff , Ta mate.

  • niffnoff

    Dec 18, 2011 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #6

    Whoever Liverpool John Chelsea are , I hope they don’t get him, he might be playing conference league footie 😉

  • Ashtoon

    Dec 18, 2011 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #7

    I can’t see Tiote leaving in the January window. The player’s lack of declaring any interest in leaving, along with the major distraction of the ACoN will probably delay any interest until the summer.

    That said, if bids head north of £30M hard cash, anything is possible.

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 18, 2011 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #8

    I’m out of here. Think I’ve talked enough Shhh crap

  • stuart no9

    Dec 18, 2011 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #9

    ED i must admit the timing for this topic couldnt be worse
    just watching MOTD and a very emotional SJP. i look around the stadium, one of the best in england and europe. I see 52,000 mad passionate fans ,i see the foundations of a club that COULD take europe by storm, i see a team average at best playing their heart out to finish mid table, coz lets be honest we will not achieve better, one can only wonder, why. why do so many fans believe we are doing ok,why do they think our owner has worked wonders, when in reality, this deal with tiote was lined up when they gave him an improved contract last season. why next month when chelsea , or man u, or liverpool, will be shopping at harrods in knightsbridge for quality NUFC will no doubt have to settle for the oxfam sales on the high street, picking up out of date goods, that no one wants anymore, surplus to requirements, at best we may get a little use out of them before they hang their boots up( that is ofcourse if ash takes up chelsea s offer of cash and players for tiote. we dont deserve that.We should be building a team to rule england, (dont laugh we have the infrastructure in place)all we need now is an owner who cares. We dont deserve him, and he dosnt deserve us. goodnight

  • Benry

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #10

    This is a defining moment in our future. Tiote, the best in his position in the league, and with time greatly on his side. We should not sell him, he is truly irreplaceable and any alternative will be no where near as good as him or will take time to develop (if french import). Notice how when Tiote plays we are suddenly so solid defensively (Collo is amazing too!).
    The Carroll situation was different as good strikers can always be unearthed, more often than not, cheaply.
    Why must we sell our best players and keep useless sh#ts like Perch and the Ameobis? 🙁

  • Rocknstrolla

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #11

    If we sell Tiote, im gonna go fkn mental!
    Also Strolla may be a useless sh ite but give Sammy a couple more years to step out of his brothers shadow b4 making judgement.
    Also Pardew sort ur tactics out m8, ur approaching 60 and u still aint got a clue about how to tactically change a game. Seriously strolla for best and not ben arfa??

  • BigKirky

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #12

    I really hope we don’t sell him and personally I wud only entertain offers starting at £30/35 at the very least. Henderson goes for £20m… Give over… Tiote is twice as good as him. Every player has his price for any club, so talk of being a ‘selling club’ is just a bit too easy to label I think. I do really hope we keep him though.

    I don’t know, but if he did end up going, whether Marvin Martin would be paired with Cabaye as the deeper Central midfielder. Quality replacement and money left in the Bank.

  • tiote-cheik

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #13

    P**s off back 2 Scotland dalglish, Wot a bell ! Why didn’t John Henry just buy our club instead of all our players !? Prob would have been cheaper. Can’t stand king (of what exactly !?) Kenny ! What a c**t ! HWTL

  • Rocknstrolla

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #14

    If Cronaldo goes for 80m and henderson for 20m, Fkn Tiote should be 40m. End of story, I don’t care what anyone thinks.

  • Ben3arfa

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #15

    so now that cabaye is suspended , who do you guys think pardew will play in midfield on wednesday vs wba ?

    i say vukic and tiote

  • BigKirky

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #16

    Went to the game today as usual and it was all just very frustrating. We put in a good performance, we just couldn’t get the breakthrough and it seemed to be one of those days which all teams get from time to time.

    I did really want Benny on for about half an hour. I just hope he gets a start on Wednesday. He’s not going to find his rhythm if he doesn’t play. Pardew is playing with fire with him as well. He’s potentially our best player he just needs to feel comfortable playing in the withdrawn role.

    Santon had an excellent game I thought, so comfortable on the ball, effortless defending and most of the time, positioning. Doing well so far! Also, good to see him get pretty much straight up after he took a bit of a clatter. Look good with some headers too. Cabaye played well I thought although I’d like him to have three or four shots per game.

  • 09nufc09

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #17

    This story is just lazy journalism no quotes from either club or agent… People are getting very worried about nothing, last week all the papers were saying tiote had went to see a witch doctor and would be sold in the summer not in jan, pardew said in a press confrence tiote had not been to see a witch doctor and it would cost alot of money for tiote to be sold. They are jut making stories up to sell papers, i would be alot more worried if none of our players were being linked with other clubs, clubs only want to buy good players and we have a alot of good players. What would people prefer geremi, butt and cacapa on stupid wages and noone wanting to buy them so we have to let them run their contacts down and let them leave for free ( happening with smith this season ) or woild they prefer tiote cabaye and colo playing brilliantly for the club week in week out and being linked with clubs in the cl for 20 mil plus… I know i prefer wathcing tiote cabaye and colo…

    Btw… anyone else think best was worse than obertan today, a striker should look like hes going to score a goal, at no stage did he look like scoring, one chest down for ba is all he did all game. Atleast obertan created a few chances (what wingers are supposed to do). Santon looks like a bit of a player. im looking forward to seeing more of vuckic aswel rate him as our best youngster coming through atm.

  • BigKirky

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #18

    I think with Haris coming on today, he will most likely be the one in on Wednesday.

    Is it me, or does Sammy seem a bit less effective everytime he’s played?

    Thought Perch did well and coped with what he had to.
    deal with.

    Big ups to Colo for the tricks in my Gallowgate corner. I sit third row from the front and was lovin it! Haha! Great to see.

  • 09nufc09

    Dec 18, 2011 at 2:02 AM

    Comment #19

    Bigkirky…. Colo was genius today lol i remember in the championship he used to do keepy ups in our corner and knock it over the strikers head and come away with the ball lol got to be the most skillful cb in the prem.

  • BeeGuy

    Dec 18, 2011 at 2:12 AM

    Comment #20

    I hear the rumors about Tiote and wonder “What leaks would selling him fix?” Sure the club needs some defenders and wings, but losing Tiote does not make a leak, it makes a hole. How would that hole be filled?

  • BigKirky

    Dec 18, 2011 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #21

    Just waiting for Froch’s fight to start.

    I know what ur saying about Best mate. I thought he worked super hard, constantly closing down, but yes, didn’t look like he could make something out of nothing like Demba was really close to doing. He’s not that type of striker anyway in my opinion, he’s more of an opportunist. BA is so accurate with less than half chances. As I’ve said previously, it is a sign of a top striker and goal scorer.

    I’m eager to see which forward comes in now Maiga deal seems off. Have we got wind another deal which could be closed and we’re trying to pull out? I dunno. If the deal is a problem medically, surely a third viewpoint should be sought out. Are we favouring Giroud more now perhaps after his great start this season?

    Rather worried where Ben Arfa fits if a new forward comes in. Hope he gets games with Demba goes to A.C.O.N.

  • BigKirky

    Dec 18, 2011 at 2:28 AM

    Comment #22

    Yes Colo is great! Hope he signs the contract. He’s already loved by the fans and if he plays out his career here he will be a legend! 🙂 I’m sure I saw Cabaye smiling after Colo’s drag backs and tricks when everyone was singing for him. He’s no doubt about it, one of the very best defenders in the league and certainly the most skilful. He’s elevated himself further by being a fantastic captain and seems well respected by all of the players. Great fitness record too, which I noticed before he signed 😉

  • BigKirky

    Dec 18, 2011 at 2:31 AM

    Comment #23

    Come on Carl!!

  • 09nufc09

    Dec 18, 2011 at 2:38 AM

    Comment #24

    Same here come on froch hopefully he dosent get cheated like khan.
    Demba is always moving in the box and knows where the goal is, majority of his shots are on target, best is a workhorse but not a prolific striker and hasnt got the flair and brain that hba has, hba and ba with haris and tiote for west brom hopefully.
    Hopefully giroud or de jong and i hope we get mbiwa the cb he is different class.
    Lol cabaye is a little nutter he looks for a fight with anyone on the opposition team, against spurs colo skinned adebayor and another spurs player and cabaye stopped and started applauding lol his freekicks were better than raylors aswel today, corners werent much good like.

  • Sav

    Dec 18, 2011 at 3:16 AM

    Comment #25

    Tiote isn’t pushing to go and he’s on a 6-Year deal so why sell him? Mashley can still get daft money for him after another 3 or 4 years at the Toon – and maybe even a medal or two.
    Now there’s a thought…

  • craig bell

    Dec 18, 2011 at 3:33 AM

    Comment #26

    he can go were he wants for the money thats been talked up… but please anywhere but the scouse c***s

  • Widowmaker

    Dec 18, 2011 at 3:48 AM

    Comment #27

    Would be very disappointed if Tiote is not with us beyond January. Still only in the very first year if his 6 year contract and don’t see why we must sell him now, and I don’t care it’s a 10m or 100m bid for him as it makes no differences to fans.

  • Malaytoon

    Dec 18, 2011 at 4:11 AM

    Comment #28

    cabaye is suspended? why?
    damn! when we go tiote back cabaye is out! arghh!
    i think arfa should fit for cabaye position…Haris is awesome! quite surprise that he can run fast! =)

  • Dearka

    Dec 18, 2011 at 4:40 AM

    Comment #29

    30m for Tiote + Daniel Sturridge and Alex i would take that deal and then spend the 65m on finding and buying a new Tiote and by doing this Newcastle would a new striker defender and then a new midfielder in the Jan sale.

  • tweaked

    Dec 18, 2011 at 5:27 AM

    Comment #30

    atleast 50m, and they will pay it if they want him bad enough, we holding str8 flush here… like dearka said give me sturridge and alex with 30m in cash 🙂

  • Willo

    Dec 18, 2011 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #31

    I thought that bringing back the Best Ba partnership was good. They clearly understand each other. As for Perch he looked WAY more comfortable and useful today. So maybe we’ll be okay until Williamson comes back. Alex on loan still?

  • Klatoon

    Dec 18, 2011 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #32

    Im i the only one who was rooting for Cabaye to get booked? I’d much rather miss him for WBA at home than against Bolton,Lpool or Manure!

  • Satan

    Dec 18, 2011 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #33

    Terrible result yesterday although it was a decent performance in general….Pardew has to hold his hands up on this one for not changing the pattern while stuck at 0-0….what’s AP’s problem with Ben Arfa??? He persists with some players who under-perform and wastes the undoubted talent offered by others….there must be some personal issue here.

    On Tiote….I’ll actually be surprised if hes still at the club beyond January I’m sad to say, everyone knows that any decent bid for any player will be accepted by Jabba and they’ll be gone. Why Pardew has repeatedly given comment on the situation is beyond me when all he’s done is fuel the fire! Was this his intention? Is this to create some kind of bidding war? All he has to say to the press is that he doesn’t wish to become involved in press speculation which takes
    away from the teams focus on the next game….personally I think it’s clear that the club would welcome offers and that Tiote will most probably and very sadly be pushed out at which point I will blow a gasket, how does a club like ours replace Tiote? We’d maybe at best get a quarter or a fifth of any fee received….

  • ToonMatt

    Dec 18, 2011 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #34

    Ashley will be rubbing his hands together after he sells Tiote and keeps the money, He’s bleeding this club dry and is destroying it!!!

  • PortsladeToon

    Dec 18, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #35

    That comment just shows you have a complete lack of understanding about the club and the way it is run, perhaps you should read the clubs accounts and make sure you understand them fully before making comments like that in the future.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 18, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #36

    toon matt

    that must be why he gave us a 130M interest free loan. look at the club’s audited accounts.

  • Abbott

    Dec 18, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #37

    We will not sell him for 25-30m I am quite sure… This guy is pure quality and we were quick to sign him up for 6 years. Selling AC for 35 is fantastic business, Cheick is a totally different class player.
    I think that any bid above 35 will be “considered”, but I honestly think we will only do business if a deal involves a trade+ money which is simply too good to resist.

    Since we appointed Pardew we have not made one decision that I disagree on.
    -Re.naming St James
    -Selling our top earners
    -Selling our top asset in AC
    -Spending Wisely
    etc… Its all been for the best of our club… let now make the right decision about our new top players as well.

    Keeping Tiote, Collocini, Cabaye and Krul will bring the foundation to build a top side in the Premiership in my opinion…

  • ToonMatt

    Dec 18, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #38

    Rotonda heights, He gave us a 130M interest free loan? Us? Do you mean the football club he already owns? Give your head a shake mate

  • stuart no9

    Dec 18, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #39

    rotonda, every one has their own opinion re ash and co you either ,think he is doing a good job,and what is best ,for the CLUB,or think he is here just to profit on the back of our famous name. toonmatt is of the same opinion as myself .I f he had the club at heart, why sell our best players. WHEN do we say enough is enough, if we are serious about the future , we must say no to the top 4 regarding any player who could be part of a team capable of challenging for honors .

  • toonincheek

    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #40

    I think Graham Carr should negotiate a sel-on clause in his contract.

    It must be very frustrating for him, working so hard, unearthing great talent to try to improve the team, if it’s only to see it sold on.


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