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.
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Try it, it can be fun.