Arsenal Now In For Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote

The news from Newcastle lately  is that the powers that be on Tyenside are more interested in keeping their top players at the club before September 1st rolls around, rather than bringing additional players in, and there seems to be some late bids about to  be lodged for some of the Magpies’ top players.

Cheick Tiote – in action for Newcastle on Saturday
We have to believe that Newcastle have already been contacted by some top clubs inquiring about our players, otherwise Alan Pardew wouldn’t keep saying he’s worried he could lose some players before the transfer window slams shot on Saturday 1st September.

Chelsea are after Cheick Tiote and Manchester United are said to be preparing a bid for Yohan Cabaye, and Arsenal are now reported to be interested in Cheick Tiote, as a replacement for the recently departed Alex Song.

Song went to Barcelona earlier this week for around £15M, and if Arsenal do come in with a bid for Cheick in the next 9 days,  it will be interesting to see what price Mike Ashley is willing to accept for the Ivorian,  who cost only £3.5M from FC Twente a couple of  years ago.

Arsenal were expected to bring in Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila as a replacement for Song, but the deal seems to have got bogged down.

But it still seems that Tiote is  second choice for Arsenal and their first choice is the Rennes 21 year-old – after all he is French – and this is what Rennes Director Pierre Dreossi told the French press today about where Yann M’Vila could end up:

“Arsenal? Maybe, you would have to ask Arsene Wenger.” “But with Song leaving, it means that Arsenal are going to reinforce that position.”

“I think that it can be settled by the end of this week or the start of next.” “But it is complicated because some clubs are not agreed within their clubs about the deal, and there are clubs where Yann does not want to go.”

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew seems a little worried that some late bids could come in – even on the last day of the transfer window for stars like Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye and possibly other too, and this is how he expressed that yesterday:

“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.”

We don’t expect Mike Ashley to accept any bids unless they on a scale of the deal we made with Liverpool for £35M in January of 2010 for Andrew Carroll, but that still left us short of a replacement for Andy for the rest of that season, because there was not enough time to bring in a suitable replacement for the Geordie striker.

That cannot happen this time around.

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317 comments so far

  • RonVanDam

    Aug 22, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #1

    Not happening. Please dont let him leave

  • rainrix

    Aug 22, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #2

    More believable than city and utd coming in for him seeing as they just lost song. But still reckon we’ll hold out for stupid money for him if an offer does come in.

  • toon1707

    Aug 22, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #3

    Tiote won’t leave he is one of the only players who is very open with the fact that he does not want to leave also if Allen is worth 15 and henderson 20 million then Tiote has to be worth up to 30 million so can’t see Arsenal paying it

  • davybtoon

    Aug 22, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #4

    This interview is from like 2 weeks ago n the media all of sudden goin crazy with saying players leaving bollocks

  • geordie157

    Aug 22, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #5

    Tiote out and Fellaini in then.

  • SuperShearer

    Aug 22, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #6

    No way Arsenal will pay what Tiote is worth. They’ll want to pay less for him than what they sold Song for and Tiote is worth more than that IMO. Those saying we’re only a few injuries away from disaster need to look at other teams. It’s true of them all. Utd had Carrick at centre back on Monday night.

  • toon smart

    Aug 22, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #7

    It looks like we are in for a game of brinkmanship, over the next 9 days of the transfer window – squeeky bum time!!

    As i stated yesterday i think we have only made 4 bids:

    1. Luuk de Jong
    2. Mathieu Debuchy
    3. Vurnon Anita
    4. Andy Carroll

    All other “bids” have come from newspaper speculation or our club just registering an interest in a player.
    I personally feel that the probable siginings of this transfer window will be:

    1. Mathieu Debuchy (long shot)
    2. Erik Pieters
    3. Andy Carroll

    Expect alot of last minute transfer madness from us if these signings don’t happen.

  • martoon

    Aug 22, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #8

    This is so obviously made up. Arsenal have sold Song and are looking for a replacement, who is a similar type player? Tiote so lets invent a story.

  • Grafton83

    Aug 22, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Slightly off topic but did anyone notice Tiotes passing was a bit hit and miss against Spurs. I thought he struggled a little bit which lost us posession a few times. Is he just rusty after the break?

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 22, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #10

    I’d be worried re United, with their seriously old central midfield, and Cabaye would do well there, as would Tiote. At the end of the day, Ashley either wants to build a big club, or hover on the outskirts, forever trying to make money on transfers and good scouting, whilst forever flashing Sports Direct all over the TV screen, whilst we apparently wait for Sony etc to come in and take over the stadium name. A bit of real communication about the latter issue would be nice.

  • woolerbill

    Aug 22, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #11

    Sorry but you should not believe par dew, he know,s who is going and there replacements are in

  • sholasupporter

    Aug 22, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #12

    @Grafton, yes, tiotes distribution on Saturday was woeful! He sometimes goes through periods like that if he is a bit short on match practice. He did it early last season and when he has came back from injuries or suspensions. Give him another game and all will be well again!

  • bazrazmataz

    Aug 22, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #13

    Backpage on Twitter claim man city say us as well as several others have bid for Adam Johnson

  • Szarka

    Aug 22, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #14

    Tiote wont leave under 19 mill, but Arsenal wont pay that much. Song for 15 was a bargain, worth almost double that figure.
    I think they will get Mvila later, hes easier to get.

  • TorqToon

    Aug 22, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #15

    Grafton – Just lacking that match sharpness mate. Same with Cabaye. Both very much off the pace but they will come good mark my words !

    And everybody needs to relax – I personally don’t think anybody will leave ! But…should they go…it will only be for a riduculous amount of money!! Nobody wants to see any of our stars leave – however we can demand WHATEVER we want for our players. They’ve all stated they don’t want to go so we arent in danger of upsetting our own players.

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 22, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #16

    I hope all these rumours about Tiote are just that -rumours. I think Tiote is a great player -the opposition must hate facing him -you just cannot shake him off. These two Greek games may be a bit of a blessing (apart from Chelsea game being so close) to try out some of the other players. After the Chelsea game I think we will be able to assess our seasons prospects a bit better. Chelsea will want to close down Cisse straightaway which may provide opportunities for Ba -Ba is such an akward player to play against and he does know where the net is even with his back to goal. Next important test will be Everton -I’ve always thought to be a bogey team -in order to do well in the league we should be beating Everton – I do fear Fellaini’s height and don’t think we can thwart him getting onto lots of crosses -he always jumps with his wings out so I expect someone to get elbowed in the mug. I agree with AP telling a few white lies so as not to allow the opposition to know what his plans are the downside is that it causes some confusion and panic amongst the fans.

  • Phatoon

    Aug 22, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #17

    Man Utd’s midfield isn’t that old….

    They have the right formula going on, in age order:

    Giggs – 38
    Scholes – 37
    Carrick – 31
    Fletcher – 28
    Anderson – 24
    Kagawa – 23
    Cleverley – 23
    Powell – 18

  • eastend toon

    Aug 22, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #18

    if any of you thought tiote’s passing was woeful as someone said, you clearly have no idea

    his passing was the best on the field… fact

  • brian kilclines pony tail

    Aug 22, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #19

    @9Grafton83 no9 – he is like that every game.


    Aug 22, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #20

    I think that the leaders of our club are just spreading rumours so that when the transfer window shuts and we dont sign anyone else Pardue will tell us he is happy with the size of his squad and Mike and Derek have done really well to hang on to our best players.

    In reality we need a cb.fb and striker and if we had signed a cb last year i feel we would of been in the CL.

    Are we going to make the same mistakes again this season?

  • 5Danny94

    Aug 22, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #21

    I think if we fielded a team like this against Atromitos, we’d be alright.

    Tavernier Perch Williamson Raylor
    Anita Bigirimana
    Obertan Amalfitano Marveaux

    Harper in goals sounds like a given.
    Tavernier is the kinda young player that Pardew will want to push in the cup games, while Raylor has proved himself to be a fairly capable left-back.
    Perch and Williamson are solid (at times) and with Anita and Bigirimana protecting them there shouldn’t be too many problems.
    Obertan and Marveaux as wingers – although I’d maybe have Jonas if Marveaux is still MIA (any news about that?)
    Amalfitano can play in behind Campbell. It would maybe be a risk to play both of them as neither have first team experience, but I can’t see Cisse or Cabaye lasting the entire game. Gosling could be picked about Amalfitano.

    Although I’m sure Pardew will spring one or two surprises on Thursday…

  • bambams

    Aug 22, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #22

    I wonder how many times each week Ed’s family shout ‘ you on that bloody computer again ‘
    just a bit of light humour

  • pardews plan B

    Aug 22, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #23

    @toonsmart wasn’t the Douglas bid real? I.might be wrong.
    I think we make quite a few enquiries

  • Tyneside

    Aug 22, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #24

    If we don’t want to lose any of our players stick a £30mil price tag on all of them, easy fucking peasy

  • Tyneside

    Aug 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #25

    If we don’t want to lose any of our players stick a £50mil price tag on them all

  • Rozzy

    Aug 22, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #26

    Even if Arsenal did offer £20m I would rather keep him. We are not a selling club we are in europe now and just as good as arsenal so why would he want to go. Maybe if was man city or united it would be a different story but arsenal now look a weaker club than us without van persie(haven’t been able to say that in a while). Tiote has said over and over again how happy he is on Tyneside and he doesn’t want to leave so that looks good unlike Enrique who avoide saying what his future was at the club. Hope we keep our big names and bring in Debuchy and another CB for cover and in my oppinion Remy instead of Carroll as he is to similar to Ba and Cisse.

  • nufc7lad

    Aug 22, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #27

    Barca getting song for £15m was a bargain. Wouldnt seel Tiote for anything less than £20m, lets be realistic guys, thats a great price for us a swe only got him for £3.5m. But only sell if we can bring in Blaise Matuidi for around £10m

  • t00ntime

    Aug 22, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #28

    Anyone else think ba and tiote arent really injured? It sounds like he said they were so that the greek team dont get angry thst we sent a Bteam. Like ben arfa’s 2week injury that healed in 1 day -_-

    I hope i’m right :S dont want to play chelsea without them.

  • walton1984

    Aug 22, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #29

    East End Toon

    i wouldnt say his woefull but it wasnt the best

    and if ur saying his passing was the best FACT……Perch had 100% pass success rate so cant beat that

  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 22, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #30

    Songs contract was running down and he wanted the move.

    Tiote has said he is happy and he is on a long contract so entirely up to us hat we do with him.

    Also so was a ball playing midfielder. Tote breaks up play, a different style so not a direct replacement although arsenal do need a tiote style player I can’t see arsenal paying what Ashley would ask.

  • eastend toon

    Aug 22, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #31

    the fact is based on tiote made more passes than any other player attempted, and out of those, he also completed more than any other player attempted….

    The Ivorian been continuously hit with speculation for a long time now on his Newcastle future, a quite complementary gesture considering the clubs linked and rightly so after some superb performances for Newcastle over the last couple of seasons.

    No player made more passes than Tiote on Saturday – he completed 67 (more than any other player on the field attempted) of his 81 passes, over double that of midfield compatriot Yohan Cabaye. Just 21 of his passes were played backwards and all 21 of those were successful.

    Furthermore, 38% of those passes were forward, which was the highest of any midfielder of forward in the game. Tiote also produced attacking half & final third passes than any player on the field as well as a 100% aerial duel rate (5/5) and joint most shots at goal for Newcastle alongside Demba Ba.

  • TorqToon

    Aug 22, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #32

    East end – It wasn’t the best mate!! Be real! It wasn’t god awful but several passes went astray especially early on! He took a while to get Ito the game and improved steadily as it went on. Perchinho = statistically the best passer on the park!! And in the prem (…that day! Lol )

  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 22, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #33


    Tiote is perfectly fine at passing, the odd stray ball but no worse than any one else really.

    His problem is his range of passing. He can play a simple ball fine, the problem comes when he tries to be more expansive, it isn’t as accurate.

    He is at his best when he feeds he ball to cabaye, Ben arfa or Jonas and leaves them to do the damage

  • Szarka

    Aug 22, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #34

    transfer sage: Didnt Song got 3 years of hes contract?

  • eastend toon

    Aug 22, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #35

    i’ve posted the facts lads, believe them or not, i odnt care

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Aug 22, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #36

    According to news on Twitter, FC Twente’s chairman has said that Douglas is NOT close to joining Fulham. Please be true

  • BelfastMagpie87

    Aug 22, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #37

    I thought his passing in the first half against spurs was awful.

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Aug 22, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #38
  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 22, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #39

    Come on Ed.

    It’s one thing to report rumours, but then there’s promoting and exagerating them.

  • martoon

    Aug 22, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #40

    bambams @22 – Ed seems to post most of his blogs at stupid o’clock in the morning so his family will probably still be in bed.

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