There are just 10 days to go before the simmer transfer window slams shut a week on Monday, and we could still see players coming into Newcastle and also players leaving the club.
Alan Pardew – mm
In his press conference yesterday Alan Pardew was asked about Cheick Tiote, who has been linked with a move away from Newcastle this summer:
“I’m confident as I can be with any player that he will stay.” “But yes we will have a plan in place.” “I’ve got the Andy Carroll experience here and that’s one of the benefits of being here for four years.”
“But I never think that you can be safe with a player if you’re not in the Champions League.” “Even if you’re in it now, there are clubs who can go and poach from there which has been proven in this window.”
“You’ve got to be on your toes at all times and I have to say I think we have been, this year in particular, really on the button on transfers and I’ve seen some inflated prices this week and that’s worrying with nine days to go.”
“I’m not exactly sure who bid. I heard there were a couple of derisory offers – and I mean way short of his valuation – and therefore we’ve not really entertained any serious thought of him leaving.”
“We have all speculation about our players, we have had it in the past. Some of it carries weight – there were a lot of rumors last season with Yohan Cabaye and PSG and it happened, so I’m always open-minded about it.”
Alan also mentioned that Cheick had not asked for a transfer, but players very rarely ask for a transfer these days, so they get money when they are moved, so it’s often only a last resort to request a transfer when a player really wants to move, and he’s giving up some money to do that.
That’s not the case with Cheick it seems, but there will likely be at least one more bid coming in for Tiote, and we just hope that Newcastle can execute their plan if Cheick does move late in the window.
That didn’t happen when we sold Andy Carroll or Yohan Cabaye in January transfer windows, and Newcastle suffered for it in the second half of the season in both cases.
Alan now knows that if a good bid comes in for Cheick he will be sold, however much Alan protests about it to Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley.
Then we’ll see Newcastle going after all kinds of defensive midfielders in the final days or hours of the transfer window – with huge fees being quoted – and we hope this scenario just doesn’t happen and we keep Cheick at the club
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