It looks like Cheick Tiote’s potential move to Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua has hit a snag over his wage demands – with the news yesterday that the Chines Super League club are unwilling to match the £60K/week wages he gets at Newcastle.
But players move to China to get a sweet deal near the end of their careers, so the fact they will not match the wages he can get at Newcastle for the next 18 months doesn’t seem to make much sense.
Cheick Tiote – wage demands the problem?
But that’s the news and the really bad news is that it could impact Newcastle chances of getting Andros Townsend from Tottenham – according to various reports today.
But it seems Newcastle were depending on the £5M or £8M transfer fee (both have been reported – take your choice) to get Andros Townsend into the club.
Unfortunately Daniel Levy the Spurs Chairman is again playing hard ball on the fee and doesn´t seem to want to budge on the £14M he wants for the 24 year-old England International.
The player has passed a medical at the club but Shanghai Shenhua have balked on the wages – but surely they knew before Tiote traveled to China what he was asking for in wages – that´s a basic requirement before players move to China.
Now maybe he is asking a lot more than the what he is currently getting on Tyneside – that would make more sense.
We are more worried about Tottenham´s hard stance on their £14M asking fee for Townsend – which seems high – so maybe one solution to the problem is to go for a cheaper alternative – Matt Phillips of QPR or Scott Sinclair of Aston Villa with Matt being the preferred alternative.
Andros Townsend – no agreement on deal
It´s also hard lines on Andros Townsend and apparently Spurs don´t want to loan him out for six months with a permanent deal possible in the summer – in case his value drops – they want the £14M up front now.
If this news is accurate, it could mean we get Matt Phillips in, but Spurs are basically stopping the England International playing – because he´s not going to get any game time at White Hart Lane this season – that´s for sure.
Also we don’t think that the extra £5M or £8M Mike Ashley would need to cough up if Tiote doesn´t move means too much – if it means we either stay in the Premier League or take the drop to the Championship and lose around £135M each May.
And we all know Mike Ashley is now completely motivated this season to keep Newcastle United as a Premier League club.
So unless we fall foul of the Financial Fair Play rules this year, since we have already spent over £52M last summer and £17M already this month on Shelvey and Saivet – we don´t think it will be a problem if Tiote doesn´t move.
What do you think?