talkSPORT are reporting today that Premier League Champions Manchester City have joined the race with European Champions Chelsea, to sign Newcastle’s central midfielder Cheick Tiote, with only 11 days still to go in the transfer window.
Cheick Tiote – both Chelsea and Manchester City interested?
We know that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is bracing for some late bids coming in for some of his top players, and he is hoping he doens’t lose any of them before Saturday, September 1st rolls around.
There was news yesterday that Chelsea will again try to prise Cheick Tiote from Newcastle, but it seems like the Premier League Champions could also be after him, as a potential replacement for Dutch International Nigel de Jong, who is expected to leave the club before September.
Tiote joined Newcastle from FC Twente for a bargain £3.5M in 2010, when he was essentially unknown, and had been scouted by Newcastle Chief Scout Graham Carr for a number of seasons before Newcastle made a move for him.
It seems that City manager Roberto Mancini is not happy that millions and millions have not (again) been paid out by the Manchester club this summer, and he is anxious to get some new faces at the Etihad Stadium.
As a little financial perspective – in the financial year through June of last year City lost £197M, and things will not be too much better in their latest financial year, as the Premier League Champions continue to spend money they just don’t have.
But it could well be another nervous time until September 1st for Newcastle fans, as Alan Pardew tries to hold onto his best players, and if we do lose one or two, then it will be important to get suitable replacements through the door before the transfer window slams shut.
That could be difficult.
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