Newcastle United will only sell their players this summer if they get very close to their valuation of them and yesterday it was reported we had turned down bids for both Cheick Tiote and Florian Thauvin, because the bids were too low.
The clubs after the players were Al Jazira for Tiote and Rome club Lazio for Thauvin.
Cheick Tiote – Newcastle turned down paltry Al Jazira offer
There is a report in United Arab Emirates daily the National today, that Al Jazira’s offer for Tiote was for £800K, which is way below Newcastle’s valuation of the player.
Tiote almost moved to the Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua last January for a fee of £6M and the news in the National is that Newcastle now want a minimum of £4M for Tiote.
The National is strangely also reporting the clubs are not too far away in terms of the their valuation of Tiote, but they could have fooled us.
Another problem with the potential transfer is that Al Jazira currently have six foreign players on their books, following the signing of Mbark Boussoufa on Wednesday.
Only four foreign players are allowed in the Arabian Gulf League and Al Jazira must offload a number of their current foreign players, so they can sign the experienced Newcastle midfielder.
Cheick Tiote could still leave Newcastle this summer and he is also on high wages on Tyneside, and we suppose he could still join Al Jazira, but they will need to raise their offer substantially.
The player is back in training on Tyneside and Rafa Benitez would still be prepared to use Cheick next season as part of the squad for our promotion push out of the Championship.