Newcastle Prepared To Let Cheick Tiote Leave With Arsenal Interest – Reports
There are now widespread reports that Cheick Tiote would welcome a move and that Newcastle United wouldn’t ‘stand in his way’ if an acceptable offer came in.
Guesstimates of that acceptable offer range between £8m and £12m, for a player who still has three years left on his contract and would be 31 by the time it came to an end, if he reaches that point…
The Gunners have been linked with a number of supposed midfield targets as they look to build further on an enterprising transfer window so far.
Cheick Tiote was said to be less than impressed with the sale of Yohan Cabaye, their partnership a match for any in the Premier League when fully firing.
Selling high wage earners who are getting on in years (in Mike Ashley terms) and replacing them with cheaper (free in Jack Colback’s case) younger models, is regarded as the ideal model for Ashley.
Alan Pardew has stated that Cheick Tiote is injured but there has still been no explanation of the lack of involvement by Tiote in pre-season.
The midfielder was due to meet the squad in New Zealand but that never happened, then after an hour against Sheffield Wednesday Tiote traveled to Germany but was an unused sub against Malaga and then not even on the bench against Schalke.
Exactly at what point he picked up this injury is guesswork but the lack of involvement otherwise, does make you wonder if Newcastle United are lining him up for an exit.
The purchases of Forest pair Lascelles and Darlow have seen expenditure go beyond the money brought in by Debuchy and Cabaye, so a Tiote sale would more than balance the books.
If Cheick leaves, the optimists amongst us will hope that the money would be used to bring in the striker or central defender the team desperately needs.
The odds are the reality would be somewhat different.
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