Newcastle Linked With Barcelona Midfielder

Soccer Sauce is a Twitter account that tries to be the first news outlet to report what’s happening in the transfer market – and with Cheick Tiote supposed to be leaving Newcastle this summer, it’s not too surprising that potential replacements have been mentioned.

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Cheick Tiote – moving away from Newcastle?

Here are some of the most recent tweets from soccer sauce on the Cheick Tiote situation:

  • ¨We understand Arsenal are one of 2/3 interested parties in Tiote.Player has made it clear he wants to leave according to our sources #NUFC¨
  • ¨For clarity-we know Tiote has not been fit, however his discussions with Arsenal over past 2 weeks have been main reason he hasn’t featured¨
  • ¨We have heard a couple of whispers that #NUFC are looking at ex-Arsenal MF Alex Song as a potential replacement if Tiote leaves.Unconfirmed¨
  • ¨Cheick Tiote in talks with Arsenal. This is why the player has not featured over past couple of weeks #AFC #NUFC¨

The other time we quoted soccer sauce on this site – it was because Loic Remy was supposed to be in London for a meeting with Newcastle officials – and that didn’t turn out to be true.

And if we had to come up with a name we had been linked with before as a defensive midfielder Alex Song would probably be one of the first names of the list, although to be fair – they do say that is unconfirmed..

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Alex Song – Barcelona defensive midfielder

Alex was the one who got a red card after hitting Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic in Cameroon’s  final World Cup game – so he didn’t exactly cover himself in glory in Brazil.

And the other news is that Manchester United are reported to be interested in the player,  and if that’s true – there’s just no way Newcastle could get him to Tyneside.

Song joined Barcelona two years from Arsenal , and the 26 year-old Cameron International (47 caps) has played for Barca 65 times with one goal, and while at Arsenal he played 217 times with 10 goals and 25 assists.

Song has been told he can leave Barcelona this summer, and hence the interest – but since he cost a whopping £15M when he moved to Barcelona – there’s just no way Newcastle would pay £15M to replace the £8M rated Tiote.

Mike Ashley likes to do things the other way around, and as an example of that we paid out £5M for Daryl Janmaat, to replace Mathieu Debuchy, after we had received £12M from Arsenal for the former Lille defender.

While at Arsenal and Barcelona Song has always played in the Champions League, so it’s unlikely he would want to move to Newcastle, who are not a Champions League club these days.

So now we have convinced people (including ourselves) that there’s just no way Alex is coming to Newcastle, here’s the important question – who are the players that Newcastle should be looking at to replace Cheick – if he is sold this summer?

Comments welcome.

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