The Evening Standard are reporting that Tottenham have made a late enquiry about the availability of Newcastle defensive midfielder Cheick Tiote.
After failing to land Victor Wanyama of Southampton, who is off to join the Kenyan squad during the International break, it seems that Spurs have turned their attentions to 26 year-old Axel Witsel of Zenit St Petersburg, who has played 60 times for Belgium – and he is now their number one target.
Cheick Tiote in training this summer
The London club are thought to be willing to pay £17M for Witsel, but the Russian club want closer to £25M.
When PL clubs now go after targets in Europe, they will be quoted much higher transfer prices, because the clubs will know Premier League clubs are getting big money these days.
However, with only four hours left in the summer transfer window Spurs have a lot of work to do to sign anybody, and we just have to hope they got short change from Newcastle when they asked about Tiote’s availability.
They should have been told that Cheick is not available, because he can still do a good job for Newcastle this season, even if it’s not always as a starter for the Magpies.
While Cheick is not starting for Newcastle at the moment, he has been out a long time and we expect him to be challenging Jack Colback and Vurnon Anita for one of those midfield holding positions.
The Ivory Coast International still has two years to run on his contract at Newcastle.
With four hours to go to the end of the window, Newcastle should just sit tight and say no to any late offers for any of their players.