Newcastle Could Sell Tiote – But Only At A Daft Price

One player who top clubs in England want is Cheick Tiote, and Newcastle will sell but only if they get a daft offer.

Cheick Tiote – will a silly offer come in?

And there was even positive news on that front, when Liverpool were said to enter the fray last weekend, and Mike Ashley will almost certainly put the price up, based on that alone.

Tiote already has admirers at both Chelsea and Manchester United, if you are to believe the press reports.

Alan was asked on Monday if he was confident of  keeping Tiote at the club:

“I am confident in as much as it is going to take a hell of a lot of money to take him out, and I don’t know how many Premier League clubs could do that.”

“We will have to wait and see, won’t we?”

And there’s some new news in the Daily Mirror today that Alex Ferguson is definitely interested in the player, and will go after the Ivory Coast International, but in the summer.

Make no mistake about it, we want Newcastle to keep Tiote, but we also think anything north of £25M in cash would probably be enough to take him away from St. James’ Park.

And we can even understand  why Newcastle would sell at that price, but if they do, we must bring in a replacement in January.

We are assuming that Graham Carr and his scouting staff  have already somebody identified,  who will be brought in should Tiote be sold.

The fact we have two top 19 year-old central midfielders in Vuckic and Abeid,  would make it slightly easier to take, but we admire Cheick as both a player and a person.

And if no silly bid comes in during January,  we’ll be delighted to keep Tiote on Tyneside.

But then comes the summer transfer window.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Jan Stavik

    Dec 19, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #1

    He’ll stay. 25 no club will pay, especially as he’ll be in Africa and might return with Malaria.

  • Offkey

    Dec 19, 2011 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #2

    I’m sick of hearing about Tiote’s ‘sale’ – would rather wait and see like Pardew says….

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 19, 2011 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #3

    End of the day if he goes there is nothing atall we can do with it so we just have to wait and see and even then just get on with it and support our team either way

  • niffnoff

    Dec 19, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Either way the investment would be sound.
    To make xx million is better than x million at the end of the day. Would it be reinvested hopefully. I actually don’t doubt MA

  • Brutooon

    Dec 19, 2011 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #5

    20-25 million should be the ideal transfer fee

    I prefer we sell to either Chelsea or Man Utd because i am tired that Liverpool always took our players

  • jayphoto

    Dec 19, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #6

    Think he’d try and push a move to man Utd! Im sure he did an interview when he played in Belgium or Holland saying it was his dream growing up to play for man Utd!

  • PapaToon

    Dec 19, 2011 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #7

    None of our current midfielders are anything like Tiote. Im not talking skill, but rather his playing style. He is a defensive mid, unlike the others who can pass and cross.
    This is what allows cabaye to play his natural game, last game against swansea we dominated possession it was because of our central pairing , againts Norwich we didnt have this and our back four had to do a lot more defending regardless of Collocini playing or not.
    The only other guys like him, is yaya toure and how much do u thing we would pay for him?

  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 20, 2011 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #8

    oh yeah, cause he’ll be gone for a month nobody wants him. get real, if you’ve yet to admit it to yourself, tiote is as good as gone. “we’ll see, wont we?” really? REALLY?! ha, what a joke

  • taker83

    Dec 20, 2011 at 3:02 AM

    Comment #9

    DereK lmbASS and ASSLEY will sell their wives to liverpool if huge money comes from them.

  • davis_toons

    Dec 20, 2011 at 3:36 AM

    Comment #10

    Vuckic is still learing the game..from the way he play i cant see the kind of strong force he can bring to the team yet.


    Dec 20, 2011 at 6:09 AM

    Comment #11

    If an offer comes in at 25M + Tiote will be gone! That is plain for all of us to see!

    All of us wil screaming hell and be extremely annoyed BUT ! He came for 3,5M and to be sold on for such an amount would be good business! Even if it would piss all of us off !

    He is not gone yet, and to assume that this is a done deal might have the effect of pushing him out the door !
    Think about this before you have commented that he has already gone! It is possible yeh but we don,t want to talk him into the deal !

    There is nowt any one of us can do to stop Ashley cashing in and no-one in the squad is safe when it comes to big money deals.

    If all this does happen though, let us all prepare for that New Year slide down the table again and a possible relegation battle in May!
    Oh the joys of being a Mag!

  • Solaidback

    Dec 20, 2011 at 6:39 AM

    Comment #12

    jayphot @ 6 – I had a dream I’d play for Real one day but it never happened so why the frak do you think because Tiote made a statement some decades ago that he wanted to play for Manc Usa that he’s gonna put a transfer request in now, even after just saying he wants to stay at the Toon???

    Yet another post by Ed with regards something he read in another crap-loid story, another rumour blown out of proportion to get a reaction from the fans, who then put little twists onto the story to make it sound much worse than it is…

    Jeez I wish some people would just wind their necks in & stop panicking all the time… according to some, if Ashley had the option, he’d sell all our players in Jan ie Tiote, Ba, Colo, Krul, Cabaye, HBA, Jonas, Santon etc etc leaving us the bare bones to fight for a european place.,,,,, just so he could recuop the mony he’s loaned us… talk about deluded obssission or what.,.. he’s given Pardew the green light to bring in another CB on top of a ST & a LB which were the original, I’ve not read anywhere where he’s come out & said we’re selling player…

    Yeah we sold Carroll last Jan but that was after rejecting numourous bids over 335m until Carroll asked to move… Nolan, Barton & Jose were offered new contracts & decided to leave… not one player has Ashley sold unless they wanted to leave, not one!!!!! So unless Tiote, Krul, Colo etc don’t ask to leave, they won’t be sold, no matter what sort of bid comes in….

  • bills-son

    Dec 20, 2011 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #13

    Paptoon – comparing Yaya Toure to Tiote? Are you kidding? Tiote is very good but Yaya is a great player. He can hit long and killer short passes, run with the ball and he scores goals. Tiote is a very good ball winner, and thats about it.

    I don’t want Tiote sold but his real worth is £15M tops. £25M or over would be the daft money Pardew is talking about. Tiote can be replaced, unlike Modric at Spurs who is the difference between them being a top 6 or potential title winners. Tiote wouldn’t be that differemce to us.

  • Abbott

    Dec 20, 2011 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #14

    20-25m is way too low to consider selling him. Tiote is still young and he will improve and his value will only go up. It will take above the fee paid for AC to let him go. 35-40m… and it will be too good to turn down.
    Ideally we should get another young player as part of trade + money. Like Adam Johnsson (Man C.) + 25m

  • bills-son

    Dec 20, 2011 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #15

    Abbott – there isnt a chance of any club bidding £35-£40M for Tiote. He isn’t that good. Simple as that.

    Having said that LFool paid £35M for AC but only because they got £50M for Torres. So never say never I suppose.

  • ballerfan2

    Dec 20, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #16

    Solaidback@12 I agree totally and have been saying the same thing for ages. So many are saying “history says that Ashley will sell…. blah blah blah …..”. Sorry but as you point out there is no history of Ashley selling anyone that didn’t want to go simply to make a profit. Although any sensible fan will appreciate that (like Carroll) there might be some crazy figure offered which would be simply impossible to turn down I suspect that our current squad will still be intact with a few additions come February.

  • markmac

    Dec 20, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #17

    I hope he stays and i think it will take at LEAST 25m to get him! as anything less is not silly money nowadays in football terms

  • jayphoto

    Dec 20, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #18

    Solaidback – because tiote is in a position to make it happen! He’d earn more money, have better chance of trophies and be playing in the champions league! And it wasn’t decades ago he said that, was about 3 years ago!

  • ballerfan2

    Dec 20, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #19

    Our club is not of a stature to hold onto or attract the best when The Uniteds, Chelseas and Arsenals come calling is what people are saying on here. This suggests a huge inferiority complex among our supporters. Tiote doesn’t strike me to be a glory hunter particularly. He obviously enjoys himself here, loves the fans, and seems to enjoy being an important member of the re-emergence of what he sees and has now experienced as a big club. He is well paid and probably doesn’t necessarily view a move to the top four as necessary to enjoy a first class career. Tiote doesn’t possess the same values or self importance of a Michael Owen. He has publicly stated his fondness for Newcastle. Unless a ridiculous offer is made I just don’t see him moving.

  • davo

    Dec 20, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #20

    @12 I have to disagree with you there mate.I don,t think Barton or Nolan wanted to leave,I think they were forced out.

  • ballerfan2

    Dec 20, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #21

    davo @20. Of course you’re right – they wanted to stay, but only on their terms. Both had an inflated opinion of their value here and both I would suggest have been proved wrong.

  • davo

    Dec 20, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #22

    I thought they both had great seasons last campaign,no?

  • ballerfan2

    Dec 20, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #23

    Once Carroll left Nolan achieved little. He does have a keen football brain but the legs have gone – go on admit it, will he still be a top player on big money in 4/5 years (think Alan Smith)? 🙂

    Barton was always in the news, still is, but who does he play for and who did he play for? The point is Joey thinks he is bigger than the club. His obvious fit of pique when Cabaye first joined didn’t do him any favours either. Not happy when he is not the main man. Oh, and he criticised his boss – bad idea.


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