Sir Alex Ferguson will attempt to lure St James’ Park enforcer to Old Trafford.
Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to make a January offer for Newcastle United’s Cheick Tiote as the Old Trafford boss looks to strengthen his midfield in January. Though the Scot had indicated that he had no plans to bring in new additions in the forthcoming transfer window, the news that Brazilian Anderson will be out for four months has led to the need to consider making a new signing.
Ivory Coast midfielder Tiote had a solid first season in the Premier League and the tough tackler has continued to adapt well to life in the English top tier following his move from FC Twente in August 2010. The 25 year old has become an instant fan favourite with Magpies fans but Alan Pardew may fear that if Man United’s interest results in a serious offer that the defensive midfielder may be tempted to make the high profile move.
Pardew has lost the likes of Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Jose Enrique this year but has still managed to steer the Toon Army to a great start to the season. Tiote started the first nine Premier League games of the season but has since been out with a knee injury but is expected to return soon.
Man United are said to be ready to offer around £16m for the player who cost Newcastle United just £3.5m less than 18 months ago and owner Mike Ashley may feel that such an offer is too good to turn down.
Sir Alex Ferguson has a number of central midfield options but no out and out defensive midfielders and the Man United boss is keen to bring in more steel to help break down opposition attacks and protect his creative players. The fact that the likes of Anderson and Tom Cleverley are out injured makes the need to make such a signing all the more important, especially as they try to claw back the lead that rivals City have developed at the top of the table.