With less than 85 days till the January transfer window opens, Arsenal are already making plans ahead of the winter window with the Gooner’s linked with a handful of players.
Arsenal’s possibility of signing Newcastle defensive enforcer, Cheick Tiote, has met a significant challenge as reports suggest Brendan Rodgers has made an approach for the player according to the Express.
Tiote had earlier dropped a hint about a possible departure from Tyneside by affirming that there has indeed been an interest from Arsene Wenger, as well as a Russian club, in his services in the summer window. The supplementary remark that he’d prefer to stay in England further created the impression that he’d be open to a move to the Emirates soon.
However, it is now Liverpool who look set to draw first blood with a bid in the range of £15.5m being prepared.
Tiote has been a trusted machinery of Alan Pardew’s side during the tides and turbulence at the Tyneside, with various calls from support groups for the manager to be axed. Newcastle owner, Mike Ashley, has continued to provide support for the embattled Pardew even admitting the crisis had been due to negligence on his own part in providing enough transfer funds to beef up the team. However, there is a growing sense of pessimism in and around St. James’ Park that things will never quite get sweet again under Pardew, with players now likely to cower under the frustration and probably seek a new lease of life elsewhere.
Arsenal, though, remain favourites to sign the Ivorian International, with Wenger believed to be prepared to match any rival bid when the winter window opens in January.
Tiote remains a vital component of Alan Pardew’s Newcastle side due to his consistent performances as a destroyer. Such performances have seen him handed the captaincy in the absence of Fabricio Coloccini, which goes to show just how reliant the Toon Army have been on him. His impressive skills in breaking up play and providing a fear factor to advancing opponents are surely enviable qualities to have in a player – little wonder he was of major interest to Arsene Wenger.
With the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin seemingly beyond reach at present, Tiote comes in as a very handy option as he possesses the experience of the Premier League as he would not need time to adapt to the dynamics of the pace and strength of the League. The lure of playing in the Champions League must appeal to him also. The price will also not be as hefty as may be required for the likes of Bender or Carvalho and so affords us the leisure of getting a good player for a good bargain.
While we wait for Carvalho to reject Sporting’s new mega deal, a January swoop for Tiote at the right price doesn’t appear to me as one to meet rejection. We may also do well not to submit a bid a night before a Newcastle game to avoid the situation with Yohan Cabaye before the summer.
Do you think Arsenal should battle for the signature of Tiote or should Wenger look away to other Defensive midfield targets?
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