There are a number of clubs over the last two or three years who have become more ambitious than Newcastle United and they include Stoke, Southampton, Swansea and West Ham, and it just so happens that all those clubs are above Newcastle in the Premier League this season.
Cheick Tiote – Newcastle defensive midfielder
So perhaps it’s not all that surprising that a report in the Mirror suggests that if Cheick Tiote, 28 year-old Ivory Coast International is made available this summer, both Southampton and West Ham will be interested.
We think Newcastle will decide to sell in the summer, and Cheick has played only 12 times for the Magpies this season, after Arsenal showed some interest last summer.
The Mirror is reporting the price on Cheick’s head is around £7.5M, which is £4M more than we paid FC Twente for him almost five years ago.
If Newcastle get a bid like that, we are likely to sell and put the money into Newcastle’s coffers, although hopefully that money will be reinvested this summer.
Cheick has a contract that runs out in June of 2017, so we expect Newcastle to sell the player and then replace him at about half the cost of the £7.5M with a younger player.
That’s the way Mike Ashley does business at Newcastle.
We have already been linked with a number of defensive midfielders, and 22 year-old Mehdi Abeid has done very well when he’s played for the first team this season.
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