Newcastle Reported In Transfer Deal For Midfielder

Newcastle may have a busier than expected January transfer window after a poor set of results over the last calendar month that saw us lose four games – three of them in the Championship.

Spanish  side Sporting Gijon are reported to be interested in signing Newcastle’s veteran midfielder Cheick Tiote – so after two years with Cheick wanting to leave the club he may finally get his wish with the fee being a giveaway £450K.

The report is in the Chronicle and it doesn’t seem like Rafa Benitez wants to use the Ivorian much this season with the player making only one sub appearance all season and his time has been up at Newcastle for a little while now.

Cheick Tiote in action for Newcastle

Newcastle will not be too interested in the fee they get for the player with his £55K/month the primary reason they want him to leave the club next month – six months before his contract runs out.

Cheick has not really been part of the first team action for over two years now, but when he first arrived for £3.5M in the summer of 2010 from FC Twente he was very good in his first two or three seasons but his form has tailed off since then.

Cheick has played 154 times for Newcastle with one sensational goal – the equalizer against Arsenal in the 4-4 draw at St. James’ Park in February 2011.

That’s when we came from being 4-0 down after 26 minutes to draw the game 4-4 and captain Kevin Nolan almost won it in stoppage time when his shot was only inches wide of the post.

It would be good for Cheick and Newcastle if he was able to get a deal arranged with  Sporting Gijon.

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9 comments so far

  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Dec 27, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #1

    JamesToon – Carroll constantly gets goals when he plays, but he doesn’t exactly play constantly, does he? ?

    My claim to fame is that I was Andy’s maths teacher for a year back when I did my teacher training in Gateshead. Lovely lad, but maths wasn’t really his subject (you’d be shocked to hear). I’d love to see him back at SJP if he could stay injury free, but he’s not getting any younger and I doubt his injuries will get any better.

  • posada

    Dec 27, 2016 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #2

    We play 4/2/3/1.
    Back 4 and 2 midfielders who sit deep, even when Shelvey is playing.
    Essentially we are defending with 6 players.
    That’s ok if we were playing away at Liverpool.
    We have no ability to play a high tempo game that puts pressure on the opposition when they have the ball.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 27, 2016 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Rafas New Year Revolution can start with a couple of good signings to bolster this side. It was needed from the beginning of the season, it’s blindingly obvious now. If nobody is signed, and the manager talks of being “happy with his current squad” I will be very worried it’s business as usual at Ashley Towers.

  • Belfast

    Dec 27, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #4

    That’s one shite headline Ed. Wouldn’t have happened on the nufc digest.

  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Dec 27, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Tiote might just choose to sit out the final months of his contract on 55k a week and get a better salary and signing on fee by leaving on a free. Any club paying a fee in January won’t offer him personal terms as good as those in the summer I think. All depends on just how desperate he is to play again.

  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Dec 27, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #6

    Belfast – Ed has definitely become wise in the ways of the clickbate headline, hasn’t he? Still, no harm if it gets a few extra quid in your pocket, eh?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 27, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Before the season staerted a few claimed that we’d be lucky to make the play offs, after two games we were heading for league one and then failing to exist as a football club, after a thumping 6-0 win we were never going to lose again, then we did and we’re bang average. A record equalling win streak and we getting record points, a few poor results in a bad month and we are a bang average Championship team at best with a tactically naive manager.

  • mad-serb

    Dec 27, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Brighton 2-0 up 🙁

  • Belfast

    Dec 27, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Yeah right after I went on another blog to defend him about the misleading headlines or Edlines as they called them. 🙂


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