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?