Liverpool are set to tempt Newcastle United into selling Ivorian midfielder Cheick Tiote by offering them a huge £15.5 million for the player, as reported by the Daily Express.
Tiote was recently misquoted in an interview, which suggested that he was keen to leave the north east club in the near future.
This led to a spate of rumours about his future, with Arsenal thought to be particularly keen on signing him in an attempt to shore up their midfield.
However, despite Tiote’s publicly reaffirming his continued loyalty to Newcastle, he is still thought to be keen on a transfer away, and is expected to push for one when the winter window rolls around.
It has therefore emerged that Brendan Rodgers is keen to sign him.
Liverpool have been below their best since the start of the new season, and Rodgers is thought to believe that Tiote would be an ideal addition to beef up his midfield.
Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has denied any interest in making a switch away from St. James’ Park, having claimed that he was misquoted in various press sources about his demand to leave the north east club, as reported by the Daily Express.
Quotes purporting to come from the Ivorian midfielder circulated earlier this week, with the suggestion that the strong midfield warrior could make a move to the likes of Arsenal or Man Utd as a result.
Both clubs are previously known to have expressed an interest in the player in recent seasons, with Arsene Wenger thought to be a particular fan.
However, Tiote has moved quickly to deny the quotes, suggesting that they are not accurate.
He did, however, confirm that there had been interest in the summer, and that it had made things temporarily difficult.
Newcastle face Swansea in the Premier League this season, with manager Alan Pardew thought to be fighting for his continued employment.
Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has hinted that he is interested in moving to Arsenal, after confirming that he wants to leave the north east club in January, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
Arsenal are thought to be keen on the Ivorian midfielder, who would offer exactly the sort of defensively minded player that their midfield ranks are currently missing, and were linked heavily with a move for him in the summer.
Tiote has now essentially issued a come and get me plea, although the Emirates Stadium club could yet face competition from Lokomotiv Moscow, who are also thought to hold an interest in Tiote.
Newcastle are currently bottom of the Premier League, and Tiote has piled on to their misery by admitting that he wants to move elsewhere.
He said: “I want to leave. I’ve spent four years with Newcastle.
“I think I have reached a stage where it’s maybe time to look elsewhere for a new challenge.”
However, he was quick to confirm that he would still try his best for the Geordie club between now and the transfer window.
He added: “I will focus on upcoming games and let’s see what happens between now and December.”