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?