There is news today in Russian daily newspaper Izvestia that Lokomotiv Moscow are very close to signing Newcastle’s defensive midfielder Cheick Tiote, who has also been linked this summer with a move to Arsenal.
Cheick Tiote – in action last season
Lokomotiv are after a defensive midfielder to replace Lassana Diarra, because the former Arsenal, Portsmouth and Real Madrid player wants to leave the Russian club in the summer transfer window.
There have also been other Russian clubs said to be after Tiote, who has been at Newcastle United for four years now.
Lokomotiv are supposed to be in advanced talks with Newcastle to sign the 28 year-old, but the transfer fee quoted of £8M seems too low to allow Tiote to leave the Tyneside club.
It could be that the good form of Jack Colback and to a lesser extent Vurnon Anita in pre-season, has persuaded the powers that be at Newcastle that they can now cash in on their Ivory Coast International, who we signed for £3.5M from FC Twente four years ago.
While we think Cheick would move to Arsenal if the clubs agreed on a fee, it’s another thing to move to Russia, and in the past Cheick seems to have been happy enough at Newcastle, although there have been rumblings coming from his representatives that Cheick wants to leave Newcastle this summer.
The Izvestia report suggests a fee has already been agreed between Newcastle and Lokomotiv, and if that’s true we hope it’s for more than £8M.
Only yesterday there was news that Arsenal were making a final offer of £8M to Newcastle for Cheick, and we hope Newcastle turned down that offer.
We would like to see Cheick staying at Newcastle for this season, and if he moves, then Newcastle need to replace him, but given there’s not that much time left in the summer transfer window, that’s not at all certain.
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