Tuesday morning sees reports of an £8m offer made for Newcastle United’s Cheick Tiote.
Newcastle are claimed to be considering the £8million offer from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua, according to The Mail.
The Chinese club already have former Newcastle striker Demba Ba on their books, with another high profile player being Tim Cahill, once of Everton.
Monday night saw Newcastle confirm the signing of Senegalese midfielder Henri Saivet from Bordeaux on a five and a half year contract, the fee undisclosed but widely reported to be just under £5m.
Steve McClaren has frequently said how highly he rates Cheick Tiote and referred back to their days together at FC Twente, but even when he was in his prime then, the Ivory Coast midfielder only got 10 league starts in the Dutch title winning season under McClaren.
Talks of a potential £8m fee are surely pure fantasy for a player who turns 30 in June and has only managed 16 Premier League starts through a combination of frequent injuries and poor form.
It is a few years now since Cheick Tiote showed any kind of consistent decent form for Newcastle and Mike Ashley would surely bite anybody’s hand off if they made an offer of a few million. The player being one of Newcastle’s highest earners and only a year of his contract to run after the end of this one.
It remains to be seen whether Jonjo Shelvey or any other central midfielder, is added to the purchase of Henri Saivet, but either way Tiote must have a for sale sign on his back now.
In fact, I think Newcastle would be quite happy to trade in the likes of Jack Colback and Vurnon Anita as well, as none of the central midfield trio have done enough to suggest they are good enough to help Newcastle control the vital area in the middle of the pitch.