Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has confirmed the club have rejected two “derisory” offers for Cheick Tiote amid speculation the midfielder is a target for Arsenal in their pursuit of late reinforcements.
Both Arsenal and Lokomotiv Moscow are reported to be keen on the acquisition of Tiote, and Pardew has confirmed there have indeed been approaches for the coveted Ivory Coast international.
However, Newcastle have not considered either of the proposals submitted given that each fell below the club’s valuation of their player, which is supposedly in the region of £14 million.
Pardew told reporters: “There were a couple of derisory offers, way short of his valuation and therefore we’ve not really entertained any serious thought of him leaving.”
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It is unclear if one of these bids was made by Arsenal, but the link to Tiote is one easily made given supposed interest in the past and the club’s need for a combative player to bolster their troublesome central midfield area.
The need for the recruitment of a player that fits this mould has been evident for some time, and the issue has become even more apparent following the ankle injury sustained by newly appointed Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta.
Tiote would certainly provide Arsene Wenger with what he requires the centre of the park, although he may explore alternative options given the supposed fee that Newcastle have suggested would secure the 28-year-old’s services.
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£14 million is hardly an excessive amount to pay for a player with four years of experience in the Premier League and almost 50 international caps, but the latest developments with regards Sami Khedira may make it seem so.
It was claimed on Friday that Real Madrid are prepared to accept £12 million for Khedira although, of course, his significant salary would mean the total cost of the deal would exceed that of a hypothetical agreement for Tiote.
Arsenal have also been credited with an interest in William Carvalho, the Sporting Lisbon and Portugal player, and although his would be the highest transfer fee of the three candidates, his wages would be the lowest by some distance.
Carvalho earns around £8,000-per-week at Sporting, making him one of the lowest paid supposed elite players in European football.