Newcastle Braced For Big Bids For Their Top Stars

The Mirror is reporting today that Alan Pardew will be bracing himself as Manchester United and Chelsea get ready to put in bids for Newcastle’s top central midfield pair of Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye.

Cheick Tiote – Chelsea still interested (go away!)

Alan Pardew has often said the best part of the transfer business so far is that Newcastle haven’t lost any of their top stars,  but we have to remember that a lot of the deals are done in late August, and there will be some attempts to get some of Newcastle’s top stars.

European champions Chelsea have been after Tiote for at least 18 months now, and made an attempt to sign him on the same day Andy Carroll was deciding to move to Liverpool, but Cheick is not keen to leave Newcastle, and the thought of living in London doesn’t exactly appeal to the Ivory Coast International.

This is what Alan Pardew said about the situation:

“We are on our guard in case some really big bid comes in and we need to react because if someone goes out, another player will come in. But success for me in this transfer window would be losing none of our stars.”

From what we can tell Chelsea are interested in Cheick Tiote and could launch a late bid, and Manchester United are interested in French International Yohan Cabaye.

But with Mike Ashley only selling his top players if he can get deals like he got for Andy Carroll, £35M in cool cash, there’s not much chance of Newcastle losing any of their top stars in the next twelve days.

But what Alan Pardew doesn’t want to happen is to lose a top player on the last day of the transfer window, and then not have time to replace him, and that’s what happened with Andy Carroll.

You live and learn, or let’s rephrase that – you live and learn or history repeats itself – and that’s so true.

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74 comments so far

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 19, 2012 at 4:26 AM

    Comment #1

    Ben Arfa single handedly destroyed Spurs today. He is improving slowly and getting better game by game. Its frightening just how good he can be on his day.

    Hope we can built a side around Ben Arfa ability. We need to maximise him more. Without him today, and we look totally void of any spark. The atmoshere was kept at an intense level because the crowd burst into life whenever the ball was his feet.

    Which in turn made life hard for Spurs.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 19, 2012 at 4:27 AM

    Comment #2

    I think Cabaye and Tiote are very commited to Newcastle. I think the biggest threat to leave right now, is Ben Arfa. He has an amazing talent not many in the world have.

  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Aug 19, 2012 at 4:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Won’t be surprised if Arsenal come in with a bid for Tiote.
    Song to barca for a reported 19mill apparently.

  • yorkshireToon

    Aug 19, 2012 at 4:41 AM

    Comment #4

    Every time Ben Arfa got the ball be went past 4 or 5 players! If I were pards I’d sign him up to a 6 year deal so it would take a huuge offer to take him

  • YankToonFan

    Aug 19, 2012 at 5:04 AM

    Comment #5

    We still need a CB, full back, and an attacking midfielder. Douglas, Debuchy, and someone like a Sigurdsson.

    Cabaye is wrongly cast as a playmaking MF, I think he is more of a defensive or holding MF. For all the accolades he received last season, we were better only than Swansea when it came to possession in the opponent’s third. We also were very low when it came to shots on goal.

    The fact we scored as much as we did was a testament to the efficiency of Ba and Cisse.

    And please, find us two more defenders!

  • YankToonFan

    Aug 19, 2012 at 5:14 AM

    Comment #6

    @ilovetoon – I think most believe HBA is better served on the right in a 4-3-3 or even a 4-2-3-1.

    Having Ba and Cisse both almost hinders that. From a tactical standpoint, I could understand if we sold Ba and used the cash to seal a deal for Debuchy and Carroll (who would be our second striker and likely more willing to come off the bench).

  • one Tony Green

    Aug 19, 2012 at 5:38 AM

    Comment #7

    Cant see either player leaving or teams bidding for them.

    Just another daft rumour that has been given too much credence.

  • ash1001

    Aug 19, 2012 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #8

    Ed, please stop scare mongering, think at times AP does the same.
    Have you ever seen just a dejected face as AC’s on the bench yesterday, bring the guy home, we need cover and an option to change the play.
    We were a little off the game yesterday until Benny boy thought ‘Oh Hell’ lets get at them, and boyoh boy what a difference.
    Final thought Ed, change the banner , Leon Best has gone.

  • steinhof

    Aug 19, 2012 at 6:47 AM

    Comment #9

    Can’t see Man U bidding enough to get either of them, although they’d both improve their starting midfield. Fergie very rarely pays silly money which is what it would take, 20-25 mil.

  • Klatoon

    Aug 19, 2012 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #10

    arsenal trying for Tiote is the most probable but whether he’d want to join them is another matter.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 19, 2012 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #11

    Arsenal will go for M’Vila; both Chelsea and Man Utd are alright in that department B-)

  • steinhof

    Aug 19, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #12

    Man U are lacking a Tiote type and Chelsea need a replacement for Essien , I can’t see it happening mind

  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 19, 2012 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #13

    Chelsea has signed Oscar and Hazard; they won’t sign anymore midfielder.

    Man Utd signed kagawa and haven’t really sold any.

    I can see them might wanting to bay a mid with Fletcher out, but Cabaye I think would too expensive 🙂

    They have been linked with Eriksen 🙂

  • Toon73

    Aug 19, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #14

    Ket’s must be livid with Simpsons performance and goal assist. 🙂

    Resign him, get Pieters and Douglas in, this will strengthen our backs where required. Toivonen as an extra ST, and the young kid Campbell will be first team squad in no time if not already 🙂

    Bring on the Greeks !!

  • Tsunki

    Aug 19, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #15

    The Mirror. The Mirror says. Moving along……

  • Les Grossman

    Aug 19, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #16

    Can I just ask! Where the fk is Beattie and TADS?
    Coz when myself and others said exactly the same as pards, we were abused and shouted at……..because that would never happen! Obviously they now know better than the manager! Pair of prize tw@s!

  • stk85

    Aug 19, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #17

    simpson did well, he gets slated quite unfairly here but i don’t see anyone else making as many goal line clearances as him. he lets crosses get by but what full back doesn’t on occasions. now sign a contract danny, or else we probably will sell him, but he’s part of one of our greatest defences for ages so he needs to stay.

    as for others going, take no less than 25mill per player.

    and it was a pleasure to see so many players put in a really good shift yesterday. perch, saylor, benny, jonas and a great goal by ba

  • steinhof

    Aug 19, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #18

    Jesper just because Chelsea have signed two attacking mids, one a winger doesn’t mean they wont sign a defensive mid like Tiote. Plus do you really think either Cabs or Tiote are too expensive for Man U? They’re in a different league to us as far as money they can (will) pay for players, I just think he’ll baulk at Ashleys valuation and go for someone else

  • thepict

    Aug 19, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #19

    Ed, I wish you would stop with all the Private Fraser stuff, we’re doomed, doomed, I tell ye. No we’re not.

  • Beattie25

    Aug 19, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #20

    What up Les?

  • Klatoon

    Aug 19, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #21

    AP watchng the game from the stands aint really a bad thing, if they can get the communication with the bench sorted. Always felt watching games from a high vantage point offered better tactical view than at pitch level, no?

  • Dannyo

    Aug 19, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #22

    If a manager is banished to the stands, he’s not allowed to communicate with the bench in any way.

  • Jayden

    Aug 19, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #23

    It’s the Mirror, pay no heed…

  • Tsunki

    Aug 19, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #24

    I think we seemed to pick up our game when Pardew got sent off. We should sell him and get a better replacement. 🙂

  • Klatoon

    Aug 19, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #25

    Dannyo oh yeah, remembered Wenger’s trouble with UEFA for the same reason.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 19, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #26

    Steinhof…it is just my ipinion mate.

    Hazard wants to play in the midfield and so does Oscar, co yeah I don’t expect them sign anymore midfielder.

    Man Utd don’t spend rediculous amounts of money on one player – I might be wrong but when was the last time they did that?

  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 19, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #27


  • Toon73

    Aug 19, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #28

    Simpson doesn’t want to leave, why hasn’t he signed a contract extension yet? By all accounts its about £30 a week which he should be not hesitating about. What the problemo here amigo??

  • Beattie25

    Aug 19, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #29


  • steinhof

    Aug 19, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #30

    Jesper, not having a go mate I actually agree that they won’t go to either team but i think both teams would be much better if they went for either Cabs or Tiote and could afford them. I might be a bit wound up after reading McNulty’s BBC blog predicting us for 11th and Villa for 9th, no offense meant.

  • Londtoon

    Aug 19, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #31

    On Simpson I reckon it is to do with his child. Wife gave birth not long ago so would probably try for a bit more. I would. We can all argue that 30k a week is more than enough but in his situation we would all put that argument forward and try for more.

    Or I’m completely wrong and he tells us what we want to hear and leaves for free next year…

  • duncandisorderly

    Aug 19, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #32

    2 thoughts – Jonas was like a rock yesterday – superb. Obertan looked like he was scared of the ball and almost landed us in trouble…

  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 19, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #33

    Steinhof…non taken mate 🙂

    I agree both Tiote and Cabs would go straight into both Chelski and Man Utd’s team, but I think Chelski has spend enough in mid as it is.

    Man Utd are a bid like us just with more money 😉 they look for good deals.

    I think they might go for Eriksen 🙂

    Remember the pundits can predicts us to finish as low as they wont; I like the odds of an underdog it takes some of the pressure of if it motivates the team to do better 🙂 hell bring it on 🙂

    On that note, I think Swansea is going to surprise a lot this season. I should have picked Michu instead of Allen for my fantasy team 🙂 lol

    Damn you Ibiza 😉

  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 19, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #34


    completely disagree mate, i think cabaye is one of the best in the league if not the world in that position which he proved time and time with his link up play last season,

    he was lacking match practice which showed more than any other player yestaday, but spread a nice pass to simpson to cross for the goal

    get cabaye and tiote up to speed n wel be cracking


  • hoppernufc

    Aug 19, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #35

    Can anyone clear up what happened to marvaux ?

  • steinhof

    Aug 19, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #36

    Jesper I know but it still bugs me that people write us off, especially someone who is supposed to be the BBCs chief sports writer. I mean Villa above us?! As a plus though I went for Nathan Dyer in my team so happy days

  • hoppernufc

    Aug 19, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #37

    Pundits just hate northern teams and they especially hate them doing well, I really can’t stand droopy face he us a total cock, and the most biast pundit out there, for some reason he hates Newcastle.

  • NUFCWill1986

    Aug 19, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #38

    Aye, what happened to Marveaux?

  • keeping the faith

    Aug 19, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #39

    Saving Marveaux for Greece.

  • outsidethebox

    Aug 19, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #40

    what we learned yesterday…we had no designated penalty taker …..we had no system for communication to the bench even if it isnt allowed by phone ..we need a good cb …and benny should be allowed a free roll behind single striker …plus anita looks like the midfield playmaker we have been looking for..and still reckon pieters is destined for toon…right price and position


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