Magpie Midfielder Targeted By Chelsea – Newcastle To Sell?

With a transfer window coming up we haven’t seen the usual stories of Chelsea coming in for Cheick Tiote, and that’s been a story ever since Cheick arrived at the club over two years ago from FC Twente, and apparently Chelsea tried to take the lad to London on the same day that Andy Carroll was sold to Liverpool for a cool £35M almost two years ago.

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Cheick Tiote – Chelsea again interested

Cheick has not been playing up to his potential over the last few months on Tyneside, and of course he is off again to the African Cup of Nations in January, and Newcastle could be short in central midfield, with only Vurnon Anita and maybe James Perch who are experienced in that position currently fit at Newcastle, although Gael Bigirimana is one of the few youngsters really to shine this season.

We don’t know if Newcastle will be selling any players by choice next month, but there’s two ways of looking at it – on the one hand Newcastle will want to keep all our top players on Tyneside – those that they have control over that is – and Demba Ba is not in that group.

And the other view is we could sell one player next month to generate money to bring in a few more players, thereby strengthening the squad for the run-in to the league – and we have to hope we can get out of the relegation zone rather quickly in January and February.

Apparently Chelsea were in again for Cheick in late August, but they now have a new manager in Rafa Benitez , so we have no idea if he rates Tiote – but of course it may not be his choice as to who comes in,  since Abramovich seems to run the club with an iron first.

One reason the rumors may be starting up again is that Chelsea will be without Oriol Romeu for the rest of the season, since he has suffered a serious cruciate knee ligament injury.

We’d be surprised if Newcastle let any of our players leave in January, and the hope is we can bring in three new players to strengthen the squad – if we can do that and with Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye returning we could be in good shape.

What do you think about this?

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32 comments so far

  • Santon03

    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #1

    TS – sorry repost

    I would prefer with 2cb and 1 sweeper epecially vs city attack speed.
    Santon ——– Colo ——–Perch
    I would rather have Santon as CB than Willo, I’m not that confident with Willo vs Aguero or Tevez speed.
    with 2dm : Tiote and Anita to handle Nasri and Silva

  • Santon03

    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #2

    SELL and buy new players with the money

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #3

    I Hear Romeu is injured so may be this story has legs. If we can sell and get sissoko atleat squad will freshen up

  • Graeme

    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed, Chelski have a new “Interim” Manager, while they try and convince Pep to join them.

    Will he be allowed to spend money, when he is not going to be given control of the team? Surely Abramovich will be keeping his spare change for the man he really wants in charge!!

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #5

    I’d happily see him go but don’t believe he will.

    He is decent in the tackle and combative but not a complete DM by todays standards.

    He is sloppy on the ball, gives away a lot of needless free kicks, dives in too often, hold onto the ball to long and gets closed down deep in our half, can’t shoot (yet keeps trying), passing is wayward.

    Look at DM’s recently at top clubs, makelele (first class, played a simple ball very well), busquests (wins then distributes the ball well), khedira (same as others but a little better going forward too)

    Tiote would have been a perfect DM about 7/8 years ago…he is still useful but there is much better out there.

    I know I will get slated for this but that’s how I see it.

    BUT if we do sell it has to be for a decent amount which is instantly invested back into the club that window.

  • Santon03

    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #6


    I thought Pep is replacing Mancini next season?

  • alex84

    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #7

    As crazy as this sounds, I’d sale.
    My reasons being, his suspension rate is incredible,
    He can only play 100% with this comes booking after booking, if he tames that he is no where near as effective.
    And the ACON.
    I’d like to see Sissoko and money spent on other players we need.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #8

    In all honesty dont think any chelski manager has much say in signings!!!

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #9


    when has anything stopped abramovich spending? haha

    he will buy whoever he wants even if rafa doesn’t want him brought in.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #10

    Depending on what any offer may be, it may be a good idea.

    He hasn’t been playing well this season, but no one has really.

    Santon has given a good account of himself so far and Anita is looking better with every game. The majority of the rest have either been in poor form or at best, hit and miss form.

    Tiote has his faults, but also his strengths. When he plays well, he is brilliant and vital for us, but at the minute it’s just not there. Occasional weakness happens in all players, but you rely on the other 10 players to cover your backside, when the whole team are misfiring it really shows every mistake up.

    I’m also not sold that we need to sell to buy I thought we had money to spend in the summer, whatever that amount is and I expect plans to continue from the summer, but actually getting the players in this time.

    We shall see.

    I suppose what we do know now though, that just keeping all the players together was given a bit more credibility than perhaps it deserved. This season smacks of second season syndrome, so a shake up of some description is needed. For me, I hope that’s incoming players and some tactics, not a replacement at the top.

  • Jonny

    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #11

    Just been on city forum and pretty much every single one of them seem to think that to win the game they just have to put aguero on williamson.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #12

    Chelsea will sign fernando llorrente in January and he wont be expensive so could have plenty money available

  • Santon03

    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #13

    We should drug Abramovich to buy Willo for 10mill


    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #14

    We are a worse team without him and we are bad enough as it is

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #15


    not true exactly

    we got a higher percentage of points without him in the team than with him last year.

    Also I don’t advocate selling him and getting by. I think we sell him and used the money to bring in 1-2 good players to take his place. Diame (3.5 clause, injured for 2/3 months though) then say cissokho who is fit to play now and out of contract in the summer.

    So if we got between 7-10 mil for tiote that covers the cost near enough of those two players.

  • Graeme

    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #16

    Santon 03 0 He may well be replacing Mancini, but at the moment Abrahmovich wants Pep at Chelski. By all reports Pep is not that interested in working for Abrahmovic, thinks he dumps managers without giving them a chance to build a team!! I wonder where he gets that idea from lol.

    Tads, TS, very true, he does what he wants, when he wants. More money than brains, but hey, who wouldn’t swap him!!

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #17


    Our thoughts may be repetitive but with every passing defeat home and away to mediocre opposition, the concern grows.

    You haven’t really put forward a creditable counter argument apart from ”well we did well last season”. The operative word there my friend being LAST.

    We should really play a sweeper against city to protect
    Willo. Never happen with our so enlightened manager.



    Perch Willo

    Santon Anita Tiote Fergie

    Benny Cisse Marveaux


    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #18

    Last season is gone mate its all about this season Tiote may dance around the ball and the odd poor poor pass but hes a b*****d in a tackle, scares opponents and does the dirty work no one likes too. He might be on a bad run of form but hes still a fine player

    Thats the thing mate if we sell him I highly doubt any money will be spent to bring in replacements, talking about players coming in are just pipe dreams and wishes imo

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #19

    How do Chelsea play these days? 4-4-2, 4-2-3-1?

  • stuart no9

    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #20

    wont lose any sleep if he does go. what good has he been to the team this season? what have we achieved with him in the side ? nowt ! sell him .

  • Raktim Sharma

    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #21

    Selling tiote will be a horrible thing to do. Of course he is not playing to his full potential but selling off players just for that reason is stupid. Colo, cabs, hba and tiote are four players I wouldn’t let go even for “crazy money”… we lost the team character when nolan and barton went…it shouldnt happen again…not for silly reasons like form loss. Ba, for all his goal scoring exploits, is looking for quick bucks, he is the one who should be freed instead.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #22

    Good morning Jesper….Hope you’re not too bruised from last night 🙂

    Hope you realised I was trying to help, not just dissect your comment.

    No idea on Chelsea’s formations tbh.

  • Pardews Perfect Battleplan

    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #23

    @students read back your reply yesterday and appreciate where you’re coming from with pards. we simply have different opinions.
    you think pards needs to go soon and have stated why and i get that.
    my view is that we are rather unstable at the minute and have an inconsistent first team due to injuries/suspensions etc. and sacking our manager is just as likely to destabilize us further, and cause relegation, as it is to fix the problem. if not more so.

    i am somewhat inclined to agree on tiotes performances. had an argument with somebody in the past who said he’s world class. world class at breaking up play yes but leaves a lot to be desired when he piddles about in our half and loses the ball or makes a terrible pass in our own third.

  • Pardews Perfect Battleplan

    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #24

    @stu not students

  • Pardews Perfect Battleplan

    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #25

    but id like to clarify i would not want to sell.tiote

  • Pardews Perfect Battleplan

    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #26


  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Dec 13, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #27

    PPB…We’ve moved on 2 threads 🙂

  • HullMag6

    Dec 13, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #28

    Sell, get sissoko and invest in 3 cbs. Move collo to dm and also sell Willo, release Ba buy 2 strikers or striker and winger.

    That’s my thoughts anyway.

  • south coast toon

    Dec 13, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #29

    toite needs to stand up and be counted, on monday i would of sold him just like that, he gave the ball away far too often, he looked cluless and scared to pass,he didnt get booked and that is worring,toite not getting booked…. he hasnt looked the player he was last season, but not many have, he needs to sort it out or drop him, come jan if we are at the bottom we need to do something drastic to turn season around.getting booked is not a problem so much as stupid passes and tring to dribble on the edge of the area, is it his fault hes playing like this, i want to see him frifhtening the life out of poeple as he relentlessly charges players down constanty on them like a rabid dog on heat,deathning them with his breathing like a buffalo in there ear. come on toite your an animal a breaker of play and mens wills get the sodding ball an pass as quick as pos and if you can up end the oppostion all the better, get back to being mr toite not mr what do i do know. surely pards has just got to slap him round the face a few times to get him up for it….rather him than me,maybe we could get joe jordon to do it…..


    Dec 13, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #30

    JARRAMAG // Dec 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Some people still dont see what Ashley is all about after all that he has done.
    1)He bought this club to make a quick profit but was stiched up by Hall & Shepherd
    2)He has been forced to keep this club until he can recoup his money and then he will sell if he can
    3)It has been stated many times that there will be no capital outlay and as you can see he has cleared the decks of most the high earners,will only purchase 11 “purples”and the rest of the squad will be cheap & young who they hope will develop.
    4)Will wait until the last minute in January in the hope that Cabaye and Taylor will be close to returning(like 2 new signings)before allowing Pardue to purchase a new player(probably for the leaving Ba)

    We can all see that we are deep in the mire but can Ashley?

  • Ian Magpie

    Dec 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #31

    Jarramag…………………..Although I dont want to agree with you as I like many opthers dream that we will spend and bring in the players we so desperately need, I just have to agree with your post! I think we will be lucky to get 1 signing and that will be to replace BA if he does go. I just don’t see the board splashing out on 2 or 3 top players. Remember our board like to pay for wages upfront so three players worth say 15 million (cheap) and a further 10 million for wages!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not going to happen with this board im afraid! Just my opinion but thats how I see it!

  • Made a ma beed

    Dec 13, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #32

    @5 well said mate!!


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