Newcastle United manager, Alan Pardew is under increasing pressure. The Magpies start to the season has been less than impressive to say the very least, and after getting the Chairman’s dreaded ‘vote of confidence’ in recent days, now one of his midfield stars wants to leave the club.
After four years at Newcastle, Ivorian midfielder Cheick Tiote wants to move on.
Pardew will only reluctantly listen to offers, and potential buyers are going to need to offer a minimum of £15million to secure Tiote’s services. The under-fire boss had recently said that he wanted to secure a new deal for the midfielder, and that it was ‘top priority’.
Devout Muslim, Tiote, who has played for his country nearly 50 times, has recently been in the headlines for non-footballing reasons. It was reported by the Newcastle Chronicle on Monday that he had taken a second wife. His agent later confirmed the news. It was later reported that upon hearing the news, his mistress, with whom he has a child, ended their three-year affair, stating: ‘You clearly have a big family, I don’t think you can keep count of your wives anymore!’
Of course Newcastle fans will be hoping he stays, but whether he moves or not, Tiote will be looking to secure a better deal one way or the other. He may need the money!
Written by Michael Horne
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