With Arsene Wenger looking to bring in a specialist defensive midfielder before the end of the summer transfer window, reports are growing that Premier League’s Newcastle and Ivorian man Cheick Tiote is the player Wenger wants.
After several failed attempts at landing Real Madrid’s Anchorman Sami Khedira, Arsene Wenger looks set to turn his attentions to Tiote. A deal which would be regarded by many as a decent buy considering his already Premier League experience meaning the player would get down to business at the Emirates stadium on completion of such transfer.
According to reports, Wenger believes the Ivorian midfield enforcer could be the ideal player to add steal to the Gunners’ midfield. With many suggesting that a move for the 6′ tall midfielder is already on the cards and could be completed before the end of the summer transfer window, after reports claiming Arsenal are said to be interested in the star.
Arsenal though are not the only interested party in the 28-year-old who is believed to have become unsettled in the north-east with clubs in Germany, Spain and Russia all interested in the player.
The reported £8 million price tag on the midfield would present a cheaper option for Arsenal as opposed to the club’s other reported targets William Carvalho and Sami Khedira.
Alan Pardew would certainly not be keen to lose his vice-captain but the Magpies do have a recent track record of selling players on having sold Andy Carroll and Yohan Cabaye in recent seasons.
If Tiote were to make the move to the Emirates he would follow ex-club mate Mathieu Debuchy who made the switch from St. James’ Park to North London earlier this summer in a £12 million move.