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Newcastle Could Lose Other Top Central Midfielder In Summer

There’s news in the Daily Mail today that Manchester City are interested in Newcastle’s midfield enforcer Cheick Tiote, and could make a move for the Ivory Coast International in the summer.

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Cheick Tiote – Manchester City interested

The news is that City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes the club needs a top defensive midfielder, and the player who has attracted Chelsea and Manchester United in the past, is now on his radar screen.

Tiote is having another good season at Newcastle, and he joined the Tyneside club for a measly £3.5M from FC Twente almost four years ago, after being watched for a couple of years by Chief Scout Graham Carr.

Tiote impressed Pellegrini with his top performance for Newcastle in the 2-0 loss at St. James’ Park, when Tiote had a great game and scored a terrific goal that was disallowed by referee Mike Jones just before half time, because Jones thought the ball had hit team-mate Yoan Gouffran – it hadn’t.

Alan Pardew will not want to lose one of his best players in the summer, but the manager has no control over transfers into and out of the club.

And if Manchester City come in with a bid that meets owner Mike Ashley’s own valuation of the player, he will be sold – even if it’s on the last day of the window and Newcastle cannot replace him.

That’s just the way Newcastle operate these days, where money and financials are king, and the team is secondary – Newcastle are once again a selling club.

Sad but true.

If Manchester City are really interested in Cheick Tiote, then the truth is he will be gone by September.

For the record, Cheick has played 108 times for Newcastle with one goal – that brilliant effort against Arsenal that tied the game 4-4 after 89 minutes, after Newcastle had gone 4-0 down after only 26 minutes.

And Cheick has 41 appearances for the Ivory Coast with one goal.

What do you think?

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19 comments so far

  • Sir Erec

    Feb 28, 2014 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #1

    I just can’t see where Tiote will fit in for them. Even though he is a good player, he is not starter material for Moneybags

  • Thump

    Feb 28, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #2

    City barely has a spot for him in their dressing room let alone their bench. If somebody offered £8m I’d snatch their hand off. Absolute none starter.

  • Sydney Toon

    Feb 28, 2014 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #3

    I agree with you, Pardew is a defensive manager who relies on the creative players too heavily and when they don’t deliver, out they go.

    If we fail to get top 10 with the start he has had, there is little to no excuse. Injuries have been minimal, ill discipline has been an issue and he has not been able to be consistent. He peaks then when we fall, its big losses and points dropped against relegation teams i.e Sunderland for example! I hope, that the new MD/DoF has the balls to get rid of him. If we need to rebuild, the whole lot needs to change.
    I say bring in Laudrup, AVB or Sherwood, and lets get a squad worthy of pushing on. I have no doubt that MA has no choice but to spend the profits on the squad, he has nothing to hide behind anymore, or he will sell, which presents a good and bad scenario.

    I Personally would bring in the following Players:

    L De Jong – Permanent
    R Cabella – 10m
    A Lallana – 8m
    G Grenier – 12m
    B Gomis – Free
    A Hunt – Free

    P Cisse – 6m
    L Remy – Release
    Sh Ameobi – Release
    G Obertan – 0.5k
    S Marveaux – 2m
    J Guti – 2m

    Bring Through:
    C Good
    A Campbell
    M Abeid

    I think with a new Manager, the perspective of some of our returning loan players will hopefully mean we can actually get a grasp of whether these kids are any good.

    Consider also the wage bill, a lot of the players leaving are on excellent money, and the new players in would not be excessive wages, possibly Gomis, Grenier and Lallana would command 50k+ wages.

  • Sydney Toon

    Feb 28, 2014 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #4

    Would we consider a swap deal – Tiote for Rodwell?

  • Sir Erec

    Feb 28, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    Comment #5

    Sydney- Tiote for Rodwell is a horrible deal for us.

    And no way we would be able to buy Lallana for 8mil.

  • Thump

    Feb 28, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    Comment #6

    @Sydney: No offence mate, but that reads like a FIFA fantasy. Good, Campbell and Abeid are nowhere near ready for the prem; least of all with us.

  • AusMagpie

    Feb 28, 2014 at 3:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Can’t believe Laudrup is still without a job

  • Blofal

    Feb 28, 2014 at 3:51 AM

    Comment #8

    Sydney no way you get Lallana for 8mill.

  • jimmysmith

    Feb 28, 2014 at 4:22 AM

    Comment #9

    Sydney, I reckon Ashley is expert in finding places to hide.

  • cyprus

    Feb 28, 2014 at 5:25 AM

    Comment #10

    Sad bad true that some of you would sell for less than MA would! He would take nothing less than 20 mil. for this sterling player, you’d take (sorry, love) 8. wow.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Feb 28, 2014 at 5:36 AM

    Comment #11

    Can’t see us doing what is required in the summer.

    Not enough people who are capable or who want to make things happen.

    We will again be same come Sep 1

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Feb 28, 2014 at 5:38 AM

    Comment #12

    Fans need to realise that they need to adhere to this saying to get ashley out

    Spare the Rod and spoil the child.

    Ashley will only sell if the club does not make money.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Feb 28, 2014 at 5:40 AM

    Comment #13

    we have done decently this season as many players have performed well because of the WC.

    If season started today with this squad we will be relegated.

  • martoon

    Feb 28, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #14

    Sydney – most of your list is feasible except Lallana is an England international more like £20m these days.

  • mindshaft

    Feb 28, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #15

    L De Jong – 8 million
    R Cabella – 10m
    A Lallana – 12-15m
    G Grenier – 12m
    B Gomis – 2-3m agents / signing fee
    A Hunt – 2-3m agents /signing fee

    Can’t see fatty spending anywhere near that regardless what he gets back from sales – have we learnt nothing in the last few years ?

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Feb 28, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #16


    How much for Tom cleverly?

    12 caps

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Feb 28, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #17

    Mike ashley’s answer to the question What is a club in any case?

    The buildings or the directors or the people who are paid to represent it.

    It’s the television contracts, get-out clauses, marketing departments or executive boxes.

  • Harley

    Feb 28, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #18

    Southampton won’t sell lalana unless it’s stupid money. You’d be looking minimum 20.

  • south coast toon

    Feb 28, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #19

    we are looking at around 50 mil for players being mentioned
    is anyone rolling about laughing we havent spent nowt in the last 2 windows. ashley must be falling about laughing, my atitude has become to laugh at ashley now, we wont get anywere being nasty , why dont we just all mock him and make fun of him, most men can handle nasty not alot of men like to be made a fool of and laughed at
    we know what we need…..
    but we cant sow the seed….
    and hes mot going to get fcuk all…
    followed by loud laughter


    oh mike what can the matter be…
    coudnt find a striker in sjp lavortory
    oh mike what can the matter be….
    you sold our best player and didnt replace him
    oh mike what can the matter be…
    im going to take it all to the grave with me
    sorry just a bit of fun


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