Alan Pardew held his news conference this afternoon for the game at Aston Villa on Saturday, after he and a Newcastle United contingent had attended the funeral this morning of Liam Sweeney at St. Marys Cathedral.
Newcastle representatives at Liam Sweeny’s funeral this morning
And as expected Alan was asked about the status of Cheick Tiote, who he said will not be fit for Saturday’s game and the manager confirmed that Cheick Tiote is a target of Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow.
The Lokomotiv bid a few weeks back was said to be £4M, which is derisory for sure, and only just above the £3.5M Newcastle paid FC Twente for his four years ago.
Pardew said that the bid was “below the club’s valuation” and that’s code for – we will sell Cheick if somebody meets the Newcastle valuation – which is anywhere from £8M to £15M depending on which reports you believe.
But we also feel sure that Alan Pardew would not like to lose his defensive midfielder so late in this summer transfer window – but he doesn’t control that – as Alan found out when we lost Yohan Cabaye in January.
The good news is that Siem de Jong is fit again, and will be in the squad that travels to Villa Park tomorrow.
This is some of what Alan said in his press conference today:
“Siem de Jong has trained all week and will be in the squad for Villa.” “Tiote has been running outside and working towards training.”
“We will be facing a Villa side who will be full of confidence after a great away win last week.” “We have to be stiff opposition.”
If Siem can start tomorrow then Newcastle will be much more dangerous up front than we were last Sunday against Man City, when Manu Riviere was our loan striker.
Siem will play as a withdrawn striker in the number 10 role tomorrow at Villa Park – and we hope the Dutchman starts the game.
Maybe he cans get a goal on his competitive debut for Newcastle?
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