If you believe the news over the last 24 hours then Manchester United want to sign Cheick Tiote in the summer, and they will do that if they can meet the price owner Mike Ashley puts on the Ivorian’s head and that may be in the region of £15M.
Cheick Tiote – played well this season
And United have shown they are not too picky about paying over the odds for their players – especially in the position they find themselves in after David Moyes has come into the club as the new manager.
So if the news is correct, you have to believe the Red devils will be able to meet the price that Ashley wants for our top defensive midfielder, and the fact the our vice-captain has been one of our best players this season will not dissuade Ashley from selling him.
And then Newcastle will go after a replacement for about one third of the money they get for the 41 capped Ivorian International – that’s part of the owner’s strategy at Newcastle.
And the news today from ITV Sport is that Manchester United even tried to sign Cheick Tiote last month, and for once Newcastle blocked the move – with there being significant fury from the Newcastle fans that the club sold Yohan Cabaye to PSG early last week and didn’t bother to replace him.
What a way to run a football club.
Certainly Cheick Tiote has shown he can play very well in the Premier League, and although he had a poor game last Saturday against Sunderland, he seems to have played much better since he has been captaining the Newcastle side, in Coloccini’s absence with his knee injury.
We’ll be very sorry to see Cheick leave the club – because he’s a smashing lad who always gives his very best for the Tyneside club, and we expect him to be one of the leaders who helps Newcastle get back to our winning ways after Saturday’s ultimate disaster.
But he will leave – just as long as Manchester United are willing to pay the requisite fee for the 27 year-old – which we think they will be.
After what Newcastle did last week, we’ve lost confidence in the leadership at the club, since all they seem to be worried about is the money – plain and simple.
And that will never make Newcastle into a top four side again.
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