Newcastle braced for Chelsea and Man United bids for Cheick Tiote
Alan Pardew will sell players if he receives huge offers
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Sunday, 15, Jul 2012 12:45
By Tom Witham
Manchester United and Chelsea have been given fresh hope that they may be able to sign Cheick Tiote this summer, although they have been warned they will have to pay a hefty fee.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has admitted his club will listen to offer for the combative midfielder and they may be forced to accept one.
However, he warned it will take "Andy Carroll-type money" to tempt one of Newcastle's top players away from the north-east.
Carroll moved to Liverpool in January 2011 for £35 million, giving clubs interested in Tiote an idea of what they might have to pay.
"If we do lose a marquee player to a really inflated price – an Andy Carroll price – then we have got to trust our judgment and go into the market place and bring in an equivalent," Pardew explained.
He added it will take "a lot of money" to tempt Newcastle into parting with one of their stars.
If they do so, it is likely to be Tiote, who is known to have been interesting both Chelsea and Manchester United for some time.