News today that not only have Newcastle raised the fee of Cheick Tiote to £14M – according to the Mirror – but that Alan Pardew is keen to keep the 28 year-old central midfielder at Newcastle.
Cheick Tiote – in action in pre-season
There were differing pieces of news yesterday following the Arsenal bid of £8M on Tuesday, that Russian club Moscow Lokomotiv had put in a £4M bid some weeks ago, which was immediately turned down by Newcastle, who paid £3.5M for the player four years ago when he joined from FC Twente.
Cheick signed a massive new six year contract a little over six months after joining Newcastle when Chelsea came in for him, and that contract runs out on June 30th 2017, so he still has three years left on his contract..
Cheick captained Newcastle in Coloccini’s absence last season, and he was officially appointed as a vice captain this summer along with new signing Siem de Jong, and that give shim more responsibility at the club.
But we all know that every single player has their price at Newcastle, as long as Mike Ashley is the owner, so we hope the news is true that we are now asking £14M for the player, because we doubt whether many clubs would pay that for the defensive midfielder.
And Alan Pardew is a big admirer of the Ivorian, and surely it would be a blow if he is sold in the last 11 days of this transfer window.
If Mike does sell one of our best players, not only will it be difficult to get a replacement in before 2nd September, but he will have once again demonstrated that the team is secondary to money at Newcastle – which he last showed in January when he sold Yohan Cabaye to PSG.
It will damage the morale of the squad – as it did in January – and that’s something Alan Pardew is trying hard to build up on Tyneside.
Cheick is a good and experienced player for Newcastle, and he seemed confident when he was interviewed in pre-season:
“The squad looks stronger than it was last year,” “The squad looks stronger than it was last year,” “The squad looks stronger than it was last year,”
“Hopefully, we will do well on the pitch this season – better than last season.” “I think the vice-captaincy is good for me, and I hope I will help the team have a good season.”
That doesn’t sound like a player who wants to leave Newcastle.
Maybe in Alan Pardew’s press conference today for the Aston Villa game on Saturday, he will be asked about the status of Cheick.
That will help us all get a better idea of exactly what’s going on, and whether he does want to leave Newcastle, as has been reported in various news outlets.
Cheick is not expected to play at Villa Park, as he is still recovering from a hamstring injury.
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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