There’s been a few updates on the potential Cheick Tiote transfer tonight, with the news that Newcastle have already turned down what was called a derisory bid from Moscow Lokomotiv for the defensive midfielder some time ago, and their offer is thought to be only a little more than the £3.5M we paid FC Twente for Cheick four years ago, and of course he is a much better players now with 119 games for Newcastle United under his belt.
Cheick Tiote – in action last season
So the reports earlier today that Newcastle had agreed a fee with the Moscow club for Tiote seem to be false.
QPR want Lokomtiv’s Lassana Diarra and the player wants to leave Russia and has already played for Harry Redknapp in 2008 when they were both at Portsmouth.
But we don’t think Diarra leaving the Moscow club will have much bearing on Tiote leaving Newcastle for a couple of reasons – one is that Moscow are very unlikely to pay the necessary fee Newcastle want for their midfielder, and we don’t think Cheick would want to go to Moscow in any case.
Arsenal still want Tiote as a (much) cheaper option then either Real Madrid’s Sami Kahidra or Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, with news earlier today they had a £20M bid for the Lisbon midfielder turned down,
And the news yesterday was that the London club made an £8M bid for Tiote, and it’s supposed to be a take it or leave it offer – so we hope Newcastle will leave it.
Even though Jack Colback has come into central midfield and played great so far for his home town club, you don’t build a good team by buying a good player and then letting one go.
And whenever Tiote’s position has been under threat at Newcastle, he has always produced his very best form, and it could be that if Cheick stays on Tyneside the same thing could happen this season and a Tiote – Colback central midfield wouldn’t be too bad at all.
And if Newcastle do turn down the £8M bid from Arsenal, they could even be seen as being ambitious – whoops – hope that didn’t shock you too much.
The club could be seen as wanting to keep their best players from now on, having already lost Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy this year.
We hope that’s true, and we’d like to see Cheick Tiote still be a Newcastle player on September 2nd.
And a further update in the Mirror that Newcastle now want £14M for Tiote – and we don’t think either Moscow Lokomotiv or Arsenal will pay that.
What do you think?
Note: Paul Lawson is a NUFC season ticket holder living in Birmingham, and wonders if there are any other season ticket holders in the area, so they can share the car expenses to Newcastle – you can contact Paul at 07969296054.
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