There is a report in the Mail that Chinese club Beijing Guoan are interested in signing 29 year-old central midfielder Cheick Tiote during the January transfer window.
Cheick had one of his best games for Newcastle in a long time at the Emirates on Saturday and he was simply terrific for us in the 1-0 defeat and if Newcastle are going to avoid relegation this season we need some of our players to step up to the plate and start delivering for the team.
Cheick Tiote – had a great game doe us on Saturday
And with Cheick’s vast Premier league experience and previous experience in playing for Steve McClaren at FC Twente – he could be one of those players who raises their game in the second half of the season and helps save us.
That’s if we can keep Cheick fit.
This Mail is reporting that Beijing Guoan want him in January for £8M, which seems high to us – and most clubs in Newcastle’s position just wouldn’t sell a player of Cheick’s experience given our current precarious predicament.
But Newcastle are not most clubs and cannot be accused of being well run by those at the top.
In the past have done some crazy things in the January transfer window – just to make money – and have jeopardized the team for the rest of the season.
Three examples of that are selling Andy Carroll, Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye for big money in January without replacing them – and then Newcastle struggled through the second half of those seasons – we had to get by.
We are hoping Newcastle have learned from those previous stupid mistakes, but we also let Davide Santon leave last January on the last day of the window – and Newcastle may still value money more than the squad.
We’ll see what happens before February rolls around, but if we do allow Tiote to leave it would be another suicidal mistake made by those running Newcastle United these days.
We don’t trust them not to do something stupid this month too – although being close to losing around £135M every May by being relegated should bring them to their senses.
We hope that’s what happens.