January is not too far away, and Newcastle fans will be hoping that we can bring in some new players to strengthen the squad, but also hope that we can hang onto our best players too.
Cheick Tiote – no way he will leave for £6M
And there is news that Manchester United are interested in Newcastle’s Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote, and it’s not the first time there has been reported interest in the Ivorian from the Red devils. and he was linked with Manchester interest over two years ago.
It wouldn’t surprise us if David Moyes wants to bring in two or three new players in January, since they didn’t get too many new players in over the summer months, and we suppose Tiote could be a real target.
But they will find out as Arsenal did in the summer about Cabaye, that the price on a top Newcastle player is high, and probably way above what they would be willing to pay for Cheick – we hope so anyway.
And it’s probably a sign of the strength in Newcastle’s squad this season that Cheick has been forced to fight for his starting place, with Dutchman Vurnon Anita playing so well, but in the last two Newcastle games and last week against Senegal, the 27 year-old seems almost back to his best form, and he’s looked a very good player.
Tiote joined Newcastle from FC Twente in August, 2010 for £3.5M and has played 89 games for the Magpies with one terrific goal against Arsenal in that famous 4-4 draw in February of 2011, when Newcastle came back from 4-0 down after 26 minutes to draw the game.
Tiote has a bumper contract he signed with Newcastle in January of 2011, which still has almost four years to run, and he’s happy at Newcastle.
But the news that Manchester value him at around £6M means there would be no way Mike Ashley would let Cheick leave for that kind of money, especially when he’s starting to play well again after a poor season last term – for his standards.
What do you think?