Alan Pardew firmly believes Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote won’t be sold during this transfer window.
Lokomotiv Moscow have failed with a “derisory bid” for the midfielder who has also attracted admiring glances from Arsenal in the past.
Tiote is now 28, in the peak years of his career and only a fee above £8million would be considered by Newcastle United.
However, Magpies manager Pardew made it clear that he did not want one of his key men to move for any price and doesn’t think that will happen before the end of this month. Tiote is back training after an injury. He won’t make the trip to Aston Villa but may be available for the home match to Crystal Palace.
Asked whether he was confident Tiote would still be here next month, Pardew said: “I am actually. He’s a player who has been terrific for us. The injury has heaped speculation on him.
“He’s genuinely injured but he’s running this week so that’s better news and he’ll be out on the training ground next week. I’m not exactly sure who bid. I heard there were a couple of derisory offers and I mean like way short of his valuation, and therefore we’ve not really entertained any serious thought of him leaving.
“I’m a big fan of Cheick. I love the way he plays and the passion he plays with.
“He’s been an important part of the success here. The players we’ve got round him this year will highlight his game a little bit more. I’m confident as I can be with any player that he will stay.” Things do change, of course, and it wouldn’t be the first time Pardew was left without one of his best players and the window slammed shut.
He does, however, have a contingency plan if Tiote or anyone else did leave.
Pardew said: “I’ve got Andy Carroll experience here and that’s one of the benefits of being here for four years, but I never think that you can be safe with a player if you’re not in the Champions League.
“Even if you’re in it now there are clubs who can go and poach from there, which has been proven in this window. You’ve got to be on your toes at all times and I have to say I think we have been really on the button on transfers, this year in particular.”
Pardew also stated that Tiote had not indicated he wanted away from the club.
He said: “We’ve always had speculation about our players. Some of it carries weight – there were a lot of rumours last season with Yohan Cabaye and PSG and it happened – so I’m always open-minded about it.”
Siem de Jong and Facundo Ferreyra both make the squad for Aston Villa and there is a chance they will be joined by more new faces.
Asked about signings, Pardew said: “I don’t know. Maybe. We’ve got our finger on the pulse of the market and if something comes our way and we felt it was good enough and financially viable we’d do it.”
Davide Santon is going to be out until mid-November at the earliest.
Pardew said: “It’s not good news. When the surgeon looked at his knee there was a little bit more damage than we thought.”