ALAN Pardew is confident that vice-captain Cheick Tiote WILL stay at Newcastle United – but he admits that Newcastle United are still vulnerable in the transfer market.
Tiote has been linked with a move to Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow, with manager Pardew confirming that the Magpies have received “a couple of derisory” offers for the Ivory Coast international this summer.
Pardew has also claimed that Tiote – who will miss Saturday’s game at Aston Villa with a hamstring problem – has given him no indication that he is ready to call time on his four-year St James’s Park career.
Asked if he was confident Tiote would still be a Magpie after the transfer window closes, 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.”
Asked if Tiote had given any that indication he was looking to move, Pardew added: “No. Not really. Not that I’ve seen.”
It remains to be seen whether Lokomotiv – or another club – meet the Tynesiders’ “valuation” of 28-year-old Tiote, who is under contract until the summer of 2017.
“I’m not exactly sure who bid,” said Pardew.
“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 – and he’s been a important part of the success here.
“The players we’ve got round him this year will highlight his game a little bit more.”
Pardew, however, is still scarred by the sale of Andy Carroll to Liverpool shortly after his arrival at St James’s Park.
The 53-year-old had promised that the striker would not be sold, and the Magpies were not able to replace him on transfer deadline day.
“I’m confident as I can be with any player that he will stay,” said Pardew.
Asked if there would be a contingency plan put into place in the event of his departure, Pardew added: “Yes, I’ve got the Andy Carroll experience here.
“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, this year in particular really, on the button on transfers.
“I’ve seen some inflated prices this week, and that’s worrying with nine days to go.
“We’ve all speculation about our players – we’ve had it in the past. Some of it carries weight – there were a lot of rumours last season with Cabaye and PSG, and it happened – so I’m always open-minded about it.”