There’s news in the Chronicle today that Cheick Tiote may leave Newcastle before the end of this transfer window.
Cheick Tiote – in action in pre-season
For the last couple of years there has never been any talk about Cheick leaving Newcastle, although after he first arrived in the summer of 2010, Chelsea were interested in taking the player, but nothing materialized.
The local report suggests that Cheick’s representatives are looking for offers for their client in the last three weeks of the transfer window – so maybe they are looking for a pay-day for themselves?
Cheick has not played much at all in pre-season, and he has a hamstring injury and is not expected to be fit for our first league game of the season against Manchester City next Sunday afternoon.
Apparently Lokomotiv Moscow and one other Russian Premier League club are interested in Tiote, and clubs in Germany and Spain could also be interested.
It seems from the report that Tiote’s representatives are the ones pushing for a move, but Mike Ashley would want to a decent price for the defensive midfielder – who has been an excellent buy for Newcastle since we got him from FC Twente four years ago for around £3.5M.
But if a decent offer comes in before the end of the transfer window, we wouldn’t put it past the owner to sell him late, and not be able to replace him – and Mike’s done that twice at Newcastle in the January transfer windows with Andy Carroll, and more recently with Yohan Cabaye.
Both sales had a negative impact on Newcastle’s season each time.
If Cheick leaves it would be a blow to the squad, and we’re sure if he is sold it would not be good news for Alan Pardew, and we’d be very surprised if Cheick Tiote is sold this summer.
Cheick has played 119 times for Newcastle with one memorable goal – which was the equalizer with one minute left in the home game against Arsenal in February of 2011.
That’s when Newcastle became the only team in the Premier League ever to come back from a four goal deficit – we were 4-0 down after 65 minutes – and we finished up at 4-4.
Only at Newcastle – only at St. James’ Park. 😀
Take a look at that equalizer – no – the commentator did not have a heart attack.
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