There are some interesting developments in the Football Transfer Tavern this evening.
Metro suggest that Manchester United are plotting a swoop for Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote during the January transfer window.
After suffering a highly frustrating summer transfer window and given his side’s abject start to the new season, newly appointed United boss David Moyes has now been promised significant investment in the New Year so he can strengthen his squad effectively and Tiote fits the bill according to the latest reports.
The Ivorian, who has already been tracked by Premier League rivals Arsenal, has struggled somewhat for form at St. James’ Park during the last 12 months but Moyes still rates the 27-year-old as he seeks a tough tackling enforcer in the centre of the park.
Moyes tried to recruit Tiote while he was manager at Everton and the Scot is thought to believe that a bid of around £6 million could be enough to land the midfielder, who is under contact with the Magpies until 2017, for the Old Trafford side.
While the Magpies will want to keep hold of the combative midfield man, his recent form means that losing Tiote would not be a disaster for Alan Pardew and after the Ivory Coast international made it clear that he wanted to play Champions League football in the near future.
The Red Devils could offer the former FC Twente man a suitable way out of St. James’ Park.
Is Tiote good enough to join a club of Manchester United’s stature? Let us know you thoughts below.
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