Alan Pardew has vowed that if Ivory Coast star Cheik Tiote is to part ways with Newcastle this January, it will take an astronomical fee to prize him away from Tyneside- probably in the same region as what Kenny spent on Carroll.
Tiote’s sizzling start to the season has captivated the Premier League alight and has thus got some of the elite clubs interested in signing the 25-year-old. Even though the tough-tackling midfielder has a contract with Newcastle up until 2017, Chelsea and Manchester United are ready to pounce on the defensive midfielder.
The Ivory Coast Rottweiler has been instrumental to Newcastle’s tremendous start to the season forming a great partnership with Frenchman Yohan Cabaye in the middle of the park. If Cheik became the latest star to leave Tyneside, it would leave the team and fans once again distraught and bewildered and start to question the club’s direction. However Newcastle have proved time after time that despite selling their key stars on a regular basis, there is always life after them.
Pardew is adamant that Tiote will remain at Newcastle but has conceded that if a substantial offer does come swooping in for the 25-year-old it might leave the club in a predicament.
The Newcastle boss said:
“He’s a big target because he’s a great player, and great players are going to be targets. We are always on our guard with Cheik because we realise that to us, he is very, very important and it would be very, very difficult to get him out of here,
“We have one or two players here that top clubs, I’m sure, will be interested in, but the one thing I would say on that is that they are going to have to pay a lot of money to take anybody out of here because we are obviously in a good position, not just on the playing side, but financially as well.”