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.
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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