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.
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.
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