Etihad Stadium side chase St James’ Park star.
Manchester City are weighing up a decisive move to recruit Cheick Tiote from Newcastle.
In the last month the Toon midfielder has been linked to City’s neighbours Manchester United and Chelsea, and are understood to be willing to lodge a bid in excess of £25million.
But City boss Roberto Mancini would love to outmanoeuvre them, and is close to making a shock bid for the 25-year-old Ivory Coast star who is off to the African Cup of Nations.
Mancini is sending scouts out to the tournament in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea to watch how Tiote plays alongside countryman Yaya Toure, midfield kingpin of table-topping City.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
This would be quite some offer and one that Magpies owner Mike Ashley would struggle to turn down given that the St James’ Park side spent just £3.5m on the former FC Twente man just 18 months ago. Chieck Tiote has taken to life in the Premier League very well indeed and after a solid first season has further upped his game to help his side get on course for European qualification this term.
Roberto Mancini has complained that his squad lacks strength in depth and that the loss of big performers this month has left his Man City struggling to overcome the opposition in quite the same imperious manner as in the first half of the campaign. Having lost Yaya Toure to the African Nations Cup and then seen Vincent Kompany handed a four match ban and Italian international Mario Balotelli out injured there may well be a case to bring in more top notch alternatives.
However, would Tiote offer an improvement on the back up options Mancini already has? After all Man City can turn to Nigel de Jong with Yaya away on international duty and clearly the Dutch international is no slouch, an experienced campaigner and World Cup runner-up is arguably as good, if not better, than the Newcastle United target and at 27 the former Ajax and Hamburg is by no means over the hill.
Alan Pardew will hope that Ashley turns down any offers and the Newcastle United boss will be pleased at being handed the funds to complete the £10m signing of Papiss Cisse and will hope that such a capture doesn’t ultimately lead to the selling of any big name players to balance the books.