News today that Newcastle central midfielder Cheick Tioté is interesting Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow.
Cheick Tiote – Newcastle may be willing to sell
Tiote has been a target of a number of top clubs in the three years he’s been on Tyneside, since signing on in the summer of 2010 from FC Twente for £3.5M, and Chelsea have twice come after the Ivory Coast international.
Slaven Bilic is the manager at the Russian club, and the news is that they have been watching Tiote since January, so it’s an open question if Newcastle would be willing to let Cheick go this summer.
Bilic, the former Croatia coach, had a disappointing first season at Lokomotiv, and they will be looking to improve their squad this summer, after finishing only 7th in the Russian Premier League.
Tiote had a great first season at Newcastle, but in the last two seasons he’s been mediocre and his disciplinary record is not good, and if a decent enough offer comes in for the Ivorian, Newcastle could possibly sell the 26 year-old to fund their efforts to get two top strikers into the club this summer.
Tiote’s lucrative contract at Newcastle runs through 2017, and if Mike Ashley does the same thing as he did last year, and puts huge fees on our top players, not many of our stars will leave this summer.
But if a decent offer comes in for Tiote, don’t be surprised if Newcastle take it, and use the money to bring in a couple of top strikers this summer, plus a (cheaper) replacement for Cheick.
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