Manchester United are being linked with a move for Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote.
The Daily Mirror claims the Red Devils are ‘monitoring’ the Ivory Coast international, and could make a move for the player in January as they consider their transfer options. Celtic star Victor Wanyama is also reported to be on the radar.
Tiote arrived at the Premier League in the summer of 2010, signing for the Magpies in August 2010 for a fee in the region of £3.5 million.
The 26-year-old international quickly made his mark at St James’ Park, leading to speculation that he could leave Tyneside. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is reported to be one of the interested parties.
With a lack of depth in the midfield positions at Old Trafford, it’s easy to see why last season’s Premier League runners-up are looking to strengthen in the area.
Tiote has proven his ability in the English top flight, which is an undoubted advantage over Wanyama if the Manchester United manager is considering a bid for one of the two.
Price tag could be an issue however, and the Scot will have to consider if the 31-cap international provides good value for money after a summer of spending on Robin Van Persie and Nick Powell.
As for Newcastle United, manager Alan Pardew - who recently signed an eight-year deal with the club - will want to keep the player on the books.