Midfielder Now LIkely To Stay At Newcastle


The latest club threatening to sign Cheick Tiote from Newcastle is Spanish club Sporting Gijon. and the general assumption was that Cheick would finally leave Newcastle this month after trying for well over two years to leave.

But not so fast (so to speak) – it seems Sporting have changed their minds on the player and the manager would like a more creative midfielder brought in than Tiote.

With Cheick becoming a free agent in the summer it was always a decent possibility that he would simply hold out until the end of his contract and get a better deal – probably with a club in the Chinese Super League where he can earn big money.

Cheick Tiote in action for Newcastle

The local media in Spain – La Nueva Espana – have this report out today as covered in Chronicle Live with Sporting manager Rubi:

“Rubi’s advice has changed Sporting Gijon’s priorities in the transfer market.”

“The new coach of Sporting shares the belief the most urgent thing is to reinforce central midfield.”

“However, the characteristics of Cheick Tiote, a footballer with whom the club has been talking during the winger window, do not exactly fit what he deems necessary.”

“Rubi wants more creativity and Ivorian offers more muscle. Nico Rodriguez, Sports Director, is willing to meet the demand of the coach.”

“So the club has activated alternatives, delaying the option of the Ivorian, but which is not discarded totally.”

If Cheick is still at the club come Saturday, look for him to be in the team to play Oxford United – he’s rusty but we thought he had a much better game against Birmingham in the replay last week, as he gets more match fit.

Cheick could still help us this season if he stays – which looks likely now.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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53 comments so far

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 25, 2017 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Still, we do have an embarrassment of riches for a Championship club, if the very worst we can do as fourth even fifth choice wing and central midfield cover is Sammy and Cheick Tiote.

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  • Jib

    Jan 25, 2017 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Rafas €35 million bid for the two Zagreb Wunderkinder is the talk of Croatia .

    The phrase they use is ” kupnje tinejdzera u snopove” buying teenagers in bundles.

    Hardly indicative of Ashley tightening the purse-strings methinks

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 25, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Tudor
    From previous
    We are yet to to bid for a player and we are only looking at loans, Rafa certainly wants players in and Ashley has never liked loans. Ashley also put in 33mill to cover costs last month

    What makes u think the purse strings haven’t tightened?

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 25, 2017 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Philip Marlowe should e on Tiote’s case!

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 25, 2017 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #5

    e – be

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 25, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Tiote and Jack in midfield v Oxford!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 25, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #7

    I’d be thrilled if we could get the Croatian lads.
    Yes big money but resale value could be through the roof. It’s the kind of forward planning that could transform us into top 6 in the PL.

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  • martoon

    Jan 25, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #8

    I really don’t know enough about the Croation players – but it does seem a lot of money for untested youngsters when we quibble about the odd million for experienced Premiership players!

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  • martoon

    Jan 25, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #9

    Also I wonder if we were planning to pay Townsend wages from the money we would save on Tiote’s – which could be another sticking point.

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  • Jib

    Jan 25, 2017 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #10

    Of the first team players that left the club for fees in summer – Janmaat , arsehole good riddance – Sissoko , Rafa wasn’t fussed as long as he got big bucks – Wijnaldum , happy to keep him but again not fussed – Townsend would have really liked to have kept him.

    Anyone ever thought that Mr Pardew activated his release clause of £13 million as payback for the NUFC fans who gave him such a hard time.

    It has spectacularly backfired for both AP and AT and we should probably move on.

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  • martoon

    Jan 25, 2017 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #11

    Jib @10 – A little unfair on Janmaat I think – if you remember there was a time last season when he was consistently our best player – he had quite a few goals and assists. It all ended on a bit of a sour note though.

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  • Jib

    Jan 25, 2017 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #12

    Martoon
    There was a time (the occasion varied from player to player ) when all 3 – Sissoko , Wijnaldum and Janmaat looked first class – but I’ll always view them with sourness.

    Before Betty pipes up.

    No – that is not Graeme Sourness.

    😀

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  • expatmag

    Jan 25, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #13

    JIB @ 10

    No

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  • Jib

    Jan 25, 2017 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #14

    It looks like Atsu , Diamé and M’bemba are all in the quarter finals of the AfCon !!!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 25, 2017 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #15

    yes, must be a bit of a first that.

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  • Jib

    Jan 25, 2017 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #16

    Expat

    I do

    He thought he was dumping deadwood (Dwight Gayle ) on to us for £10 million and depriving us of a good winger (which he didn’t really need ) for a net £3 million.

    Mug
    (Pardew that is)

    Not fit to clean Rafa’s shoes.

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  • expatmag

    Jan 25, 2017 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #17

    They will all be back by the time we play Wolves away.

    If we cannot beat Oxford away and QPR and Derby at home with the squad we have, we font deserve to go up or progress in the cup.2

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  • Jib

    Jan 25, 2017 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #18

    With Morocco beating the Ivory Coast last night and Mali playing a meaningless game against Uganda tonight.

    Wilfried Zaha and Bakary Sako (both wingers ) will be returning to Crystal Palace soon.

    I wonder if this will impact on Fat Sam’s thinking about Townsend

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 25, 2017 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #19

    Hull have accepted a 10 million bid from Burnley for Snodgrass

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  • expatmag

    Jan 25, 2017 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #20

    Who cares

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 25, 2017 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #21

    expat

    don’t jinx us like that!

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  • expatmag

    Jan 25, 2017 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #22

    Shirebrook

    They are desperate. Good player but at 30, over priced

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  • expatmag

    Jan 25, 2017 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #23

    RH

    Vut its true

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  • Jib

    Jan 25, 2017 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #24

    Shirebrook don’t be offended by expat’s seemingly rude response to you.
    I think the petulant pedant meant it for me .
    😀

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 25, 2017 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #25

    Expat

    Way overpriced

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  • expatmag

    Jan 25, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #26

    Hull are selling up assets before changing ownership. I gave a feeling they will be the second team to go down now.

    Swansea Burnley and Palace will survive. Boro to be the third team relegated.

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  • expatmag

    Jan 25, 2017 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #27

    JIBBERISH

    It wasnt rude at all. You aee the naster of that.

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  • expatmag

    Jan 25, 2017 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #28

    Master

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 25, 2017 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #29

    Jib

    Don’t beat yourself up about it mate lol

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  • expatmag

    Jan 25, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #30

    SHIREBROOK

    I dont think we will sign anyone mate

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 25, 2017 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #31

    expat

    if we do, great if we don’t, oh well

    In Rafa we trust!

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 25, 2017 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #32

    On this occasion ONLY I am prepared to admit being wrong! But I thought Townsends release clause was originally £8m if the club was relegated and we managed to get the extra because of his performances and consequently greater value.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 25, 2017 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #33

    Them down the road, Hull and Boro being relegated would be a sad but not entirely unexpected day. But as we are more than likely to be promoted, I will be smiling!

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  • expatmag

    Jan 25, 2017 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #34

    SHIREBROOK

    We have enough to see us through in my opinion

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  • expatmag

    Jan 25, 2017 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #35

    LINDISFARNE

    As long as that lot 12 miles down the road go down, I will be ecstatic

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  • Jib

    Jan 25, 2017 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #36

    Lindisfarne —— we paid Tottingham (as my Spanish friends pronounce it) £12 million – we would hardly make his release clause for one third less.

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  • AncientC

    Jan 25, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #38

    Having enough to see the club through… that’s been the very definition of the last 7 years.

    Spending when it is absolutely necessary, hardly ambitious is it.

    Let’s keep that power dry until the summer. What powder?

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  • Oldgit1

    Jan 25, 2017 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #39

    Just read that Liverpool has given Coutinho 200k a week contract. It’s fcuking immoral. When does it stop. Can’t ever see us competing against the top clubs for wages.

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  • magspuggy

    Jan 25, 2017 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #40

    Both Croatian’s look a good investment for the future.

    If they don’t make it @ nufc after a season or two they should be worth more @ resale.

    I like this idea
    Hopefully they come, shine and stay but even if they don’t there is profit too be made and tbh our Premier league and attack on European shores wont come cheaply,

    Rafa will have to create profit if he wants the best and this could be a way to fill the pot full of potential.

    Rafa needs success and starting with the kids at quite a cost shows that a plan for the future could be in place.

    Exciting times at Newcastle,
    Haway the lad’s

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