Newcastle Could Lose Top Midfielder – But Only For Silly Money

We must say it’s a little boring and even a bit annoying when we keep reading of some of our top players being targets of other top clubs, and today it’s Tottenham and new manager Andre Villas-Boas (AVB), who are linked with Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote.

Cheick Tiote – will only leave for silly money

Just to put things in a little perspective Cheick has already been linked with Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal this summer, so why not Tottenham Hotspur?

Why not indeed.

And it’s interesting that three of those clubs are in London, and Cheick has often said he does want to move to London, because the hustle and bustle of the Capital doesn’t fit in with his life-style – good for him.

Sources in the capital have apparently told the Evening Chronicle that the new Tottenham manager is very interested in the 29 times capped Ivory Coast International.

AVB was interested in getting the holding midfielder to Chelsea, when he was manager there last season, and now he wants him at Spurs, and it seems that Chairman Daniel Levy is giving the Portuguese manager plenty of money to spend this summer.

We are well aware that every player has his price on Tyneside, but we think owner Mike Ashley’s valuation of Tiote has gone up significantly after last season, especially when Newcastle don’t want to lose one of their top players.

The Chronicle is saying the Ivorian is rated at £15M, but we think that’s way too low, and it has to be at least £20M for Newcastle to even bother being interested.

And if those interested clubs think that fee is too high – so be it.

But Mike Ashley is starting to understand the game of football, and how to manage a team like Newcastle United,  and he’s done most things right over the last couple of years – to his credit.

If  the Newcastle owner sells Cheick Tiote this summer, he will only go at a silly price, and then Newcastle will quickly bring in another top holding midfielder, for about a quarter of what they get for Tiote – if that.

That’s the way Newcastle are doing their business these days, and they have also done significant planning just in case they get a team as daft as Liverpool, who come in with a silly bid they can’t refuse for one of their top  players.

Come to think of it – do Liverpool need an excellent holding midfielder? 😀

Comments welcome.

40 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #1

    NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, He is my favorite NUFC player

  • Kyo

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #2

    Think you meant does NOT want to move to London.

  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed Liverpool have Mucus leiva coming back.

  • lewytoon

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #4

    if he goes to tottenham i will hate him, i hate spurs so much, spurs, liverpool, sunderland and wba are my most disliked teams

  • graham cwarr

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #5

    My childhood football of the day is Spencer prior. Spencer prior boys and girls

  • Colo-Sus

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #6


    we have already been said to be uninterested, due to his high wage demands apparently he wamts 50k plus, he can jog on in my opinion.

    In Carr we trust.

    I have not commented on here in a while, mainly due to the fact that i couldnt be a***d. However its also due the the fact that once again certain people on here are doing the usual..

    Linking us with anyone they have signed on footy manager whos done well, and constantly worrying about the ”lack of signings”

    CALM DOWN, its early july for christs sake, we will get the right players with the right ATTITUDE, most importantly at the RIGHT PRICE.

    I am glad we are not paying over the odss for De Jong, MA has shown with CISSE that if we want a player bad enough that we will pay decent money but not silly money.

    People might say that the ”TOP CLUBS” pay out big fees and get big players.

    The facts are that IT WONT LAST. I guarantee you that, eventually the money alsways dries up and the market crashes. Football is no different, look at all big sporting booms and busts, for example the Horse racing and bloodstock indusrty in the late 80?s. The big investors simply stopped paying huge prices for young horses and the market crashed.

    Even the arabs will not pay out huge sums forever. We are a sensibly run club and I love the way we are going. Other teams will follow suit I promise you.

    I will remain calm throughout Silly Season, I wont believe anything until our official website confirms its true, and I will trust in our management and board to make sound financial and football decisions.

    The truth is if us fans ran the club the way we preach on here we would more than likely still be in the chamionship or worse.
    Hope we can get Debuchy in and a young stiker with ability at a good price, a CB and some cover for Cabaye and Tiote.


    if Tiote goes ED has put it correctly, he will be replaced at half the price if not less, with a player we will have had tabs on for a long time anmd compiled a massive dossier on. NUFC is not run by mugs.

    I love Tiote in fact hes my fave player at NUFC but 20mil plus is stupid money for him and if AVB and LEVY want to pay that for him then more fool them.


  • geordie157

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #7

    I think i hate Spurs more than any other club. Surely Tiote would cost some a minimum of 25mill. He’s staying along with Ben Arfa, Krul etc i’m fairly confident of that, Ba i’m still not sure on.

    Now lets get this Debuchy deal done, so we can move onto striker and centre back targets.

  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #8

    Colo Sus,

    Mate how are you,

  • Colo-Sus

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #9


    Im well thanks buddy, and yourself?

  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #10

    Colo sus, i am good too

    Fighting a Lone battle on here. taking bullets.

    Like galileo, when he said the earth revolves around sun

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #11

    Colo…from previous thread…What do you mean good sir? Just an innocent poster, sharing his views and living his life as honest as possible.

    As to talking sense….Not so sure about that either 🙂

    Either way, good to have you back on!

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #12

    Indian…@10…That made me smile 🙂

  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #13

    Tea Time

    C Ya later

  • Beattie25

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #14

    Re Fatman Joe

    You are being difficult.

    In order to compete at the highest level and in multiple competitions you need versatility, depth and quality.

    Last year at our CB position we were exposed and I think Mike cannot offer the quality of cover we need, desire and deserve.

    I think that if you look at the typical top 6 they owe much of thier success to depth, quality and competition.

    Even on a good day Mike couldn’t push for a starting berth against Saylor and Colo so why retain somebod who will never really challenge and call the cover.

    The whole point of football is competition. If nufc had the same mentality as a team then we’d have finished 16-12 last year. That willingness to compete and quality to do so tool us to 5th. If we want to maintain and push on further we need to compete even more as individuals in a team and on the whole as a team.

  • Benji84

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #15

    If every transfer sage was correct we would have no bloody players. Im so over hearing the same shitty stories!!!!! Has anyone gone official on the BA transfer saga or we just going on bits and pieces from here and there

  • Colo-Sus

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #16

    @ Ibiza

    Haha I assure you i was being entirely complimentary 🙂


    @10 that also made me smile, you have been setting yourself up for it though mate. My advice, cards close to your chest and watch the others tear themselves apart with worry and unfounded frustration.

  • Beattie25

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #17

    I’m welling up

    All these famous names returning once more.

    Welcome back Colo-sus

    Your name disappeared but your spirit lived on

  • Persian Geordie

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #18

    Spurs dont need him, they have Parket and the brazilizn kid plus they just got that kid from Hoffinhiem. neeh, non starter.

  • nufc in europe

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #19

    Right this is totally off topic, but i was wondering if anyone knows how far a goal keeper can go to put off an opposing penalty taker?
    I was playing in a 5 a side tournement last night and began singing the blayden races, only to be booked.

  • Colo-Sus

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #20

    We all hate Spurs, so whats new.You must all be on Stress relievers with all this worrying! Jesus Wept!

    @Beattie, why thank you kind sir, I was still here. I was simply observing from afar 🙂

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #21

    Detective Beattie25 something something…..Maybe Colo has been on here in disguise??? 😉

    Colo….Then I shall not worry on it any longer 🙂

  • jimmymagpie

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #22

    Nufc @ 19 – depends what the referee construes as ungentlemanly conduct. In my day, the taker couldn’t even break his run before striking the ball, as this was considered ungentlemany. Shows how old I am!

  • Colo-Sus

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #23

    @ibiza, haha i assure I was not!

  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #24

    Jimmy magpie


  • Crawfordladd17

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #25

    Why do Tottenham, Liverpool, Man City need him? Tottenham have Parker, and Sandro who they barely use, and therefore Tiote would be a waste of money, Liverpool have so many midfielders and City already have Toure, Barry, De Jong

  • nufc in europe

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #26

    @JimmyMagpie- haha sometimes i wish football could go back to how it was back then! no wags, money grabbers, divers, and loads more loyalty!

  • FatmanJoe

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #27

    I know what you’re saying and it ticks the boxes for saying all the right things but I still couldn’t see any of those names being really good quality. Some too old, too slow, too inexperienced and most have been mugged by ba, cisse (and dare I say it – shola!) this season.

    I don’t think you’ve made your point really. Your statement reminds me of a public relations officer for a large oil company explaining why some birds have black sticky stuff on them. Dancing around the question and saying all the right words.

    Yes depth would be nice. Yes in theory having a rotational squad would be splendid-erful. Yes we could probably find a decent cb and have a challenge for the starting position.

    But I don’t think mike is that bad as a backup, particularly as his strongest games last season were against some of the top sides. He just needs a bit of work and approaching his peak age for being a defender I think we’ll see more.

  • jimmymagpie

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #28

    Indian – 78.

  • jimmymagpie

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #29

    Nufc @ 26 – Oh, yes please, and Newcastle winning FA Cups!

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #30

    Colo…Seems a likely thing to say. Beattie, bring him to trial 😉

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #31

    Jimmy…Winning Cups….OOOOHHH YYEEAAAAHHH sometimes, I get a good feeling

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #32

    You guys really don’t understand…we NEED more signings if we’re going to get into the Champions League where we DESERVE to be!!!

    Mike Ashley is a greedy b*st*rd for not giving us all of his money and living in a tent. What a selfish pr*ck…

  • brighter

    Jul 9, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #33

    ED you have to say that “Do not sell until we buy a replacement” and even if an unprecedented offer came in.
    But in my opinion,We dont have to sell him if silly money offer came in for hm.

  • stuart no9

    Jul 9, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #34

    colo @6 “NUFC are not run by mugs” 100% right- however they are not run by ambitious owners if a few quid could see our top players leave, players who we need to go forward and challenge for silver ware, and do well in europe. yeah ok , we make a few quid, but down on quality, bringing someone else in who will probably not be as good, bring him up so that in 2 seasons time one of the big guns come in with an offer and he is gone – its like a merry go round- never gets to where it wants to go.

  • bills-son

    Jul 9, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #35

    stuart 09 – stop judging Ashley on papertalk, we haven’t sold anybody yet.

    If we don’t sell a top player this summer will you finally give Ashley some credit?

  • toonincheek

    Jul 9, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #36

    jimmymag –
    Do you remember the penalty that prompted the introduction of the “no break in the run” rule”

    Pele’s team were playing a friendly against Sheffield Wed – a top team at the time, with Ron Springett (then the England keeper) in goal.

    Pele checked his run twice – Springett was still standing, bemused, having not moved an inch – when the ball hit the back of the net.

  • nufc 11

    Jul 9, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #37

    We have 5 players who can play RB so we don’t need Debuchy Santon is a better RB/RM IMO we should sign Douglas, Hoillett, and Petiers let Simpson off on his way and come out and say were finished our business for this window then stop all the rumors and look to concentrate on the football.

  • stuart no9

    Jul 9, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #38

    bills@35. bills i would love ash to prove me wrong. in my comment i said ” could see our top players leaving” we are in the 2nd week of july and we still have our squad. I will have no complaints if a player wants to leave, then i believe ash should hold out for the best price he can get, however it would sadden me if we cant keep , what i believe to be a great squad together all for the sake of a few quid when the players themselves want to stay. like you- i am fed up of all this ashley arguements. all last season was nothing but ash.Iwould love to comment on how well the teams doing or not doing in games, and hope he dont need to be mentioned. i hope he can prove to me this coming season that he has got the club at heart and we can invade europe with pride.

  • Premiership Manager

    Jul 9, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #39

    I don’t think that this is anything other than speculation. Parker had a very good Euro campaign so why on earth would Spurs want to upset their balance by paying a fortune for a midfielder they don’t need.

  • geordiejamie89

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #40

    Tiote is too good to sell unless it’s a massive amount. Added to that he seems to be a bit wiser, and knows he’s at a club where he’s playing great and settled, why be greedy? At least I’m hoping he knows that.


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