Newcastle Midfielder Wage Demands Are Stumbling Block

Sky Sports is reporting that Cheick Tiote’s potential move to Shanghai Shenhua has stalled over the player’s wage demands, after the Ivorian traveled to China last Friday to hold talks after the two clubs had agreed a fee.

However, at the time Newcastle manager Steve McClaren said no deal had yet been agreed as Steve wants to keep Cheick on Tyneside, to strengthen his options for the run in – as we again fight against relegation.

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Cheick Tiote – talks stall due to Cheick’s wage demands

Following the signings last week of two central midfielders Henri Saivet and Jonjo Shelvey, Cheick is unlikely to start too many games for the rest of the season unless we have injuries.

Sky Sports are reporting the fee agreed between the two clubs is £5M and not the £8M that was previously mentioned.

Cheick is coming to the end of his Newcastle career and he signed on for us from FC Twente in August, 2010 for £3.5M and has played 141 games for Newcastle with one goal.

But that goal is what Cheick will be remembered for and it was a memorable goal indeed.

It was the late equalizer in the phenomenal 4-4 draw at home to Arsenal when we came back in February 2011 from being 4-0 down after only 26 minutes and scored four goals in the final 25 minutes of that game.

It’s the greatest comeback in Premier League history and it could only have happened at St. James’ Park.

OK – here it is – if the video comes up as disabled in your area – just click on the link “Watch this video on YouTube.”

And please, don’t miss the short radio commentary after this video as each of our four goals go in.

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

And here is the radio commentary as we scored each of our four goals – it’s simply phenomenal.

Comments welcome.

70 comments so far

  • jayphoto

    Jan 19, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #1

    Think theres alot going on under the surface in the boardroom too. Remember reading an article based on the old boro chairman talking about McClaren and how he is actually ruthlessly ambitious and very clever when it comes to manipulation and control. He’s not given the credit for these almost sociopathic qualities very often but i’ve got a feeling the signing of Thauvin and the use of Thauvin was a sign of it. He came in knowing that Carr is in charge of transfers. Something Pardew hated but couldn’t change. But he also knew Carr had made some mistakes, expensive signings of MYM, Cabella, Riviere all on big money, added to Marveaux on ridiculous money for his ability aswell as seemingly failed players like Amalfitano and Abeid who never made it here but picked up decent pay cheques, but was probably getting away with them based on the clash he had with Pardew. McClaren was well known to be Carrs absolute number 1 manager choice so Carr can no longer use that excuse that the manager wasnt on the same page. Just an observation that obviously the club has changed its transfer emphasis into something much more McClarenesque. English players in january? unheard of at Newcastle.
    Just wonder if steve gave Carr enough rope to hang himself with signing Thauvin in a bid to have more control of incoming players? I liked thauvin at bastia, but every french journo, agent, and to credit, 99% of people even on this blog knew that Thauvin was unlikely to succeed. And I don;t think anyone couldn’t argue even against the odds that Thauvin was thrown under the bus in terms of oppurtunities. Coming on in games we have had none of the ball etc Just wonder if the lad has been an unfortunate pawn in the power games going

  • toon kk

    Jan 19, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Players are multi millions and still want more.

  • bills-son

    Jan 19, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed, you say about the Townsend deal;

    One of the problems for Newcastle with this kind of deal is that if Andros does well then other bigger clubs could be in for him in the summer, and we could miss out on signing him permanently.

    This of course is nonsense…

    It would be a loan with a CONTRACTUALLY AGREED OPTION to buy at £12M and we would only ‘miss out’ if we decided we didn’t want him.

    Why not stick to the facts Ed?


    Jan 19, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #4

    i like you believe macca has used carrs failings to his advantage to basically get control of the incoming players….tbh its his head on the block so thats the way it should be….carr should scout then report back to macca and let him choose and if it all goes tits up only himself to blame

  • SuperShearer

    Jan 19, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #5

    @Bill-son – is that right though? If he does well Townsend could reject our contract offer and leave other clubs open to coming in to sign him. Think that is what Ed meant.

  • jayphoto

    Jan 19, 2016 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #6

    @Springy – Yeah it absolutely makes no sense for a scout to bring in players for a manager. I’ve no problem with a manager choosing players and a scout deciding that they aren’t worth the money etc but Cabella, Thauvin, Marveaux, Gouffran etc should have never been signed and dumped on a manager that never wanted them.
    Surely you choose a manager for his philosophy and then back what he wants to create the team that fulfils his ideas?
    You wouldn’t hire Allardyce and then drop iniesta and messi on him just the same as you wouldn’t hire Guardiola and give him Williamson.
    For me, the relationship with Mondial is questionable at best. We consistantly overpay for their clients aswell as shell out huge wages for them. Often wondered why when we scout france so often that we miss players like Kante but seemed to try and move heaven and earth for Cabella, Thauvin and for also players we didn’t get like erdinc and gameiro

  • nut meg

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #7

    A loan is the more sensible thing to do.Player & club can take a look at each .If they think he’s good enough and he thinks the club is where he wants to be at then fine.Better to take a peek at what your getting and to see how you can improve him than to fork out mega money for somebody who’s no better than what you already have.It looks like he’s coming so I’ll wish him well and give him every chance to make me eat my words

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #8

    I see old man Carr is getting trashed again. I would simply say we do not know the finer details of our transfer system.
    Could it be possible that Carr has had top quality players at the top of his list and has suggested we buy them – only for Mr Tubbs and Penfold to say no – too expensive.
    We just do not know the finer details to work out where the exact problem lies.

  • PK-Norway

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #9

    I wonder, if we Get Townsend and a striker lets say Berainho. Where will he play Sissoko if we dont dell him? In the middle with Jonjo? That will be a very strong midfield Indeed. And what about Mitro, his hold up play was very good against Westham .. Guess we will Get a diffrent dimension with a fast paced striker..Dont know if Townsend is better than Ayoze at the moment

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Could I add – what were the mistakes that the club made – they revealed this but refused to say what the mistakes were – could it have been something to do with the transfer policy?

  • hibbitt

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #11

    i put it on here 6 months ago Mc and Carr are not big mates old friends our anything else yes they have done business in the past but thats it nothing more

  • jayphoto

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #12

    Odd that no one is mentioning that if we sign Townsend and Berahino than rather than cram all our best players into one starting 11 instead we might have the chance to play different systems against different teams aswell as rotate?
    Its rare players at most clubs play every single game but at newcastle they do.
    Tell you now, Gini will go off boil in about feb/march as all non english players do in their first season as theyre not used to playing right through winter. Mbemba and Mitro should be ok, but gini covers serious ground per game. As does sissoko actually. They are our best players but the reason alot of time we pick up so many injuries is that we have no choice but play players even when theyre in the red zone as susceptible to injury due to fatigue. Be nice to have 14-15 players all good enough to be in the starting line up instead of this 11 purples s**t!

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #13

    If we do sign Townsend on loan – that is probably better that buying him outright.
    Won’t be cheap I would have thought – did it not cost us about £5 million to loan Remy.

    If we are to get him surely Wally will say that his job is to beat the fullback – get to the the byline and get a good cross in for Mitrovich. Supply the bullets for him.
    If Townsend is not disciplined and thinks stuff that I want to cut in and score myself (promote my England ambitions) then we’ll end up with no goals for him and no goals for Mitro. What we’ll end up with is Townsends shot in row Z.

  • sparky55

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #14

    If none of you have, I would urge you to listen to the radio commentary link above of Tiote’s goal…it’s better than pictures…absolutely fantastic and brought tears to me eyes

    Happy days!

  • jayphoto

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #15

    @Hibbit – i think the fact that McClaren got the england job over other people who were far more qualified and suitable suggests he’s very astute politically.
    I imagine the newcastle boardroom to be a bit like Kevin Spaceys house of cards to be honest

  • toon kk

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #16

    Every quality well run club needs game changers on the bench or to cover injuries. We rely on players who basically some of them aren’t premier league standard. That’s one of the reasons we’re getting us in trouble.

  • Jib

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Victor Valdes was at Barcelona for nigh on 20 years.
    When van Gaal was at Barcelona for 3 years VV was age 15 to 18 .
    The bad feeling doesn’t stem from that period does it ?
    Even van Gaal couldn’t bear a grudge that long !

  • Toonfan8

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #18

    we bought good players, now we have to stay in this way, buying quality players and this window seems to be with very good chance of buying young english talents Shelvey, Berahino and Townsend. I think we should buy Berahino and bring Townsend on loan with option to buy him for 12M…we will have new dimension with these players and SMC is building very good team I think…Mbemba should be main CB for the future and he proves to be very good signing, yes he made some mistakes like on Saturday, but overall he has a very good season, Wijnaldum is the man, the team should be build arround, great player and I think with Payet is buy of the season, Mitrovic, good strong CF, people forget he is only young player and with his style he can be top player until 35 and more, Shelvey brought as Cabaye replacement has great potential and great vision and accurat passing ability, now what we are missing is some speed and Townsend and Berahino will give us that, in summer we need LB similar to Janmaat style and Willems seems to be ideal signing for that position, also is a great mate of Gini and we have to buy strong, tall CB Koulibaly would be ideal signing, but I don´t know if he would come here. And I forgot Saivet, good player, strong tackler and good reader of the game, brought as a Tiote replacement here. And with players like Dummett,Colback,Lascelles,Anita,Mbabu,Aarons all proving to be good squad players, we should have very good and competitive team next season. And I forgot Thauvin – he was brought with some history from France, but I think he will come good, just need to be given a time to adapt and team arround him, that is good and he will have that next season. Elliot also proves that he should be given number 1 position,for his calmness and important saves.
    GK:Elliot,Krul,Darlow,Woodman(loan out)
    CB:Mbemba,Collocini,Dummet,Lascelles and new one
    AM:Wijnaldum,De Jong
    that is 28 players there are Willems,new CB,Townsend and Berahino so 4 to buy….
    there aren´t:Williamson,S.Taylor,Good,Obertan,Tiote,Marveaux,S.Ameobi,Cisse and Riviere….26 six man squad so Armstrong and Woodman would be counted as U21players…without them we will have 11HG players, which is good number I think…I think this team should be carried this way…

  • optimistic prime

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #19


    The last window looked more of the same. 50% of this window is nothing like before. Maybe Steeve was to late to get his thoughts heard on summer dealings.

    Carr wanted Payet apparantley, now we have Shelvey. It’s easy for fans to point at players we missed who have turned out decent but I bet there’s twice as many we’ve dodged. Every club signs it’s share of duffers we just like French ones, stylish duffers.

    I’m going to wait until end of the window before getting carried away but so far so good.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #20

    mister tuff

    Would concur with that until we arrive at the situation of the long championed by Carr monsieur Thauvin for a whopping 14m. what the deuce…!

  • BandB

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #21


    People are keen to make the case for him in a way they weren’t before was a definite target.
    As they were with Cabella, Thauvin, even McClaren himself.
    That’s fine. They want to be positive, good fans, etc.
    But if he does turn out to be the junk most of us thought he was before we put our positive heads on…. PLEASE…. don’t be booing him in March.
    I’m not thinking about what we will do in the summer.
    That seems to be taking that legendary horse and putting it right before the cart.
    We are in the clarts now.


    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #22

    just had a listen mate…theres passion for ya….could’nt imagine mick lowes doin that!lol

  • geordiemark

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #23

    sissoko can go for me, yes hes strong and quick on the ball yet cant defend to save his life always in and out of a match goes missing no point in having a player like that to be honest and if they get 27 million for him id snap there hands off

  • toon kk

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #24

    My biggest concern if we do escape relegation is the bids will be coming in for our best player’s,with MA liking pound signs he’ll be cashing in and we’ll be back to square one.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #25

    Generally I think for this window – so far so good.
    Really that pass from Shelvey to Janmaat for the second goal was spectular.
    Seeing Janmaat running then passing it inch perfect for him to take it in his stride further on – was a skill not many possess. To see the run and execute the pass to perfection -immense – something we’ve lacked for ages.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #26

    BandB – definitely not a players fault if he’s not up to standard. Responsibility must lie with the club.

  • jayphoto

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #27

    That second goal against West Ham for me was probably the best goal i’ve seen us score this season. That pass though…
    In that first half Shelvey played almost riquelme esque, pulling all the strings.Only going to get better the more the players around him learn his game and offer the runs.
    Also… seriously… just how good is Gini Wijnaldum?? Best player i’ve seen at the toon in at least 10 years, maybe 15? Only getting better too!

  • jayphoto

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #28

    Amazing to think Man Utd spent all last season watching Depay and paid double what we played for Gini who was the star player in the same team. Even more baffling when Van Gaal was his manager and handed him many dutch caps. Yet they shelled out on 28m on depay, 22m? on schneiderlin and 200k p/w on Schweinsteiger…
    Not even like hes come from nowhere, hes performed in the champions league and at international level and was the best player in Holland for the last 3 seasons.
    The fact that we managed to pick him up his a mystery in itself

  • sparky55

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #29

    Springy LOL…no way mate…Lowes just doesn’t go there!

    Great radio tough and just goes to show what the atmosphere can get like when the crowd are right behind the team…something we rarely see nowadays but to be fair we got some back against West ham purely based on how well we started.

    Under Pardew it was all about keeping a clean sheet in the first half so the football was atrocious to watch and the atmosphere dis with the football being played but that West Ham game showed what can be achieved by being brave and going for it.

    Hopefully that was a lesson learnt because Maclaren was being far too cautious as well.

    Let’s hope!

  • Jack Root

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #30

    I see that Brendan Rodgers is trying to improve his CV. He’s spent a few days doing the rounds of the media. Contrary to the club’s official line he did not have the final say on who was signed. Liverpool in signing Balotelli made the point that Rodgers was to develop him and manage him.

  • optimistic prime

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #31


    Some of the stuff he did on sat was breathtaking, Wham couldn’t get near him. Makes me worry if we can hang on to him, 9 in a struggling team ain’t half bad.

  • toon kk

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #32

    This is my concern, MA will cash Gini in, big offers are bound to come in over the next window or two and Mash will be rubbing his hands together, instead of building a team around one of the best player’s we’ve had in many years.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #33

    Ginis’ simple trick of slowing down and rapid accelaration leaves most opposition players in his wake.
    Stop/start -stop/start – and he’s away again – so simple -but effective.
    He also does appear to be one of these players who has glue on his boots.

  • jayphoto

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #34

    @Optimistic Prime reckon we’ll hang on to him for next season if we invest..
    Need to keep him as #10 and build the team around him though, let him and Mitro build a partnership.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #35

    Jib Rot – Liverpool have a committee to sign players -or did have pre Klopp.

  • optimistic prime

    Jan 19, 2016 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #36


    I love it when he does that, stands them up then blows them away.
    His acceleration over the first few yards is very impressive.


    I hope we do, he’s a proper player. Another 1 or 2 like him and we could a real decent side.

  • optimistic prime

    Jan 19, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #37

    Can we not hoi a cheeky bid in for Benteke? Klopp doesn’t fancy him, say £5m plus Rivierre.

  • BandB

    Jan 19, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #38

    Gini’s got that Sam Cooke stardust about him.
    Just wait until the rest of Britain wakes up to him.
    He’ll never be off the adverts.
    I’m almost tempted….just so I can say I saw him in the flesh.

  • Spoof

    Jan 19, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #39


    the problem with Townsend getting to the bye line and getting a cross in for Mitrovic is that Townsend is left footed but plays on the right which is why he rarely gets to the byline and more times than not he cuts inside where there is too much traffic and ends up running into dead ends or blasting it high and wide, Matt Phippils has a better delivery and is also a right winger but he is right footed.

  • optimistic prime

    Jan 19, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #40

    Watching SSN and Pochentino said “andros hasn’t played the games he wanted to but he’s still part of our squad and he will get a chance”

    Asked if he’d still be at Spurs at end of window “it’s all speculation at the moment”


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