White Hart Lane boss hoping to wheel and deal his way to capturing St James’ Park cult hero.
Wilson Palacios ‘offered to Newcastle’ as part of Spurs Cheik Tiote bid
Spurs are lining up a new bid for Newcastle midfielder Cheik Tiote – but hope to fare better than they did with their January approach by offering Wilson Palacios in part-exchange.
Palacios has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane this summer after an underwhelming campaign in which he has slipped behind Tom Huddlestone and Sandro in the pecking order.
And although some Italian clubs have already expressed an interest in the Honduran, Harry Redknapp is keen to use him to test the Magpies’ resolve to keep star man Tiote – who only signed a new deal in February.
Newcastle have money to spend this summer, thanks to their January sale of striker Andy Carroll to Liverpool for £35million.
But owner Mike Ashley and boss Alan Pardew may be tempted to take up Tottenham’s offer, if the Londoners present a cash package of more than £8million alongside Palacios.
Meanwhile, Tiote – who scored Newcastle’s equalizer in their amazing 4-4 draw with Arsenal earlier this year – has spoken of his continuing good form at St James’ Park and praised his team-mates for their support.
‘I am not surprised [by how well we’ve done] because we work together and we have grown in confidence together,’ he said.
‘If you do well against a big club you have confidence, and this year we have done well.’
It does seem that any chance Tottenham had to persuading £14m rated Cheik Tiote to move to White Hart Lane was extinguished when he signed an improved long term contract. The Ivory Coast international has seamlessly taken to life in the Premier League after two successful seasons with Dutch side FC Twente. The defensive midfielder has been a consistent performer at the heart of the Magpies midfield and Alan Pardew will have no intention of selling him.
That may not however stop Harry Redknapp from attempting to make an offer but the inclusion of a seriously off form Wilson Palacios is hardly going to have Newcastle United licking their lips. The Honduran hasn’t been a first team regular this season and looks a shadow of the player who bossed the Tottenham midfield last term.
Alan Pardew will not be looking to sell any of his top performers and clearly the financial need to do so would have been counteracted by the sale of Andy Carroll to Liverpool in January. There is however talk that Spaniard Jose Enrique may be ready to leave but Joey Barton has stated his keenness to remain at the Toon Army.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has some fears about keeping his stars also, as the likely missing out on Champions League football may see some of their squad consider moves to sides who can offer them a seat at the top table of European football.
There has been a great deal of speculation about the likes of Gareth Bale, Rafael Van der Vaart, Aaron Lennon, Sandro and Luka Modric, all of whom have been strongly linked with interest from Europe’s elite. In reality though Redknapp knows he can always trim his side by removing the large number of squad players to help balance the books and he appears to enjoy the confidence of his squad who clearly recognise the huge leaps Tottenham have made during his reign.