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The News On This Player Is Both Frustrating And Confusing

8:06 am, Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

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.

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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.

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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?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Cheick Tiote · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Jan 20, 2016 at 8:13 AM

    Good, Colback on the bench and Tiote in his place, that way you have LB and Midfield covered from the bench, having registered players not being able to plsy is small fry compared to the years of damage a relegation could cause.

  • 2 defenders needed // Jan 20, 2016 at 8:13 AM

  • 3 nut meg // Jan 20, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    Another Townsend read from the Mag.

  • 4 defenders needed // Jan 20, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    Didn’t realise how bad townsends stats actually are he is shocking

  • 5 defenders needed // Jan 20, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    We need to get Shteve reading posts people have published on this site lol

  • 6 Reyantoon // Jan 20, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    Lil – Levy well aware that Townsend deal is a gamble. That is,he may succeed or he may not.
    That is why he get stubborn to sell him for cash.
    If he’ d have been confident, he ‘d have accepted
    the proposal, I.e loan with an option to sell according to certain conditions. There is nothing wrong in trying to extract the best deal possible for your club but Townsend case is a bit different because for one he’s not regular at his current club.And second,he’s not played a competitive game since October or whatever.
    I called him an awful dealer based on his failed big money signings (u know which players are).
    Personally don’t care if we pay 14m for him as I like the lad to come.But I don’t think he cost that much based on his current situation.That’s what makes Levy stubborn & awful ,for demanding unrealistic fee straight upfront for a player who hasn’t been playing and out injured for 3 month!

  • 7 Thump // Jan 20, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    Yeah, there are better players than Townsend for cheaper too. Move on.

  • 8 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 20, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    A fee isn’t unrealistic or stupid if someone is willing to pay it, as you would be happy to, then you can’t really call it that. The buying club may be daft for paying it, but not the seller. There aren’t as many failed big money signings as people like to claim, but I had this discussion with Ancient, and have no particular interest in revisiting it as it has very little relevance to us.

    Maybe the fact he isn’t confident about loaning him first should tell us all we need to know about this player…..

    Levy knows clubs are desperate and some will become increasingly so during the window. He holds all the cards. Spurs aren’t in desperate need of the money from the departure, and have no need to rush a sale just to get rid of him.

  • 9 Rotonda heights // Jan 20, 2016 at 8:28 AM


    really good news if it stops Townsend coming

  • 10 defenders needed // Jan 20, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    I agree rotonda

  • 11 Mag52 // Jan 20, 2016 at 8:40 AM


    No player should be guaranteed a starting spot unless he is performing better than someone on the bench. It’s competition for places which drives on the team. Complacency is the curse of any team sport.

  • 12 welshgeordie9 // Jan 20, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    We had no problems getting shelvey and he’s a very good player, so you would have thought Townsend an average player would be very easy to get, how wrong am I, only Newcastle could do this, besides move on dont want this to carry on much longer if Spurs are going to fanny about, I hope this club are going after two players at the same time and not one after the other, done got business last week be a shame if no one else comes in or just one, a forward on deadline day.

  • 13 nufc 11 // Jan 20, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Much happier to have Phillips on board the club have left themselves in a panic state looking for players summer was the time to do this business. Bony will be available summer so will Remy, ayew, ings and many others .

  • 14 defenders needed // Jan 20, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    Feel sorry for Danny inns nufc 11, was not ready for a move to Liverpool especially with the amount of forwards they have, especially when he was a young prospect. Just goes to show greed can spoil careers

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