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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