Reports have surfaced on Twitter that Newcastle may pursue Barcelona midfielder, Alex Song, should the rumoured departure of Cheik Tiote materialise.
In recent days, Cheick Tiote has been the subject of speculation regarding a move to Arsenal, and now several national papers have carried the story that Tiote could be moving over the next few weeks.
Both The Guardian and The Mirror have suggested that Tiote is unhappy on Tyneside in spite of the recent influx of players from the continent, and that he feels a move to Arsenal would be the best move. Alongside these suggestions, several news outlets on Twitter have carried the story that Newcastle would look to former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song as his replacement.
One of these accounts, Soccer Sauce reported this today:
We have heard a couple of whispers that #NUFC are looking at ex-Arsenal MF Alex Song as a potential replacement if Tiote leaves.Unconfirmed
— Soccer Sauce (@soccer_sauce) August 13, 2014
It is unknown how reliable this account is. Upon looking at their photos on their Twitter account, however, they claim responsibility for the “breaking” of the Rodwell to Sunderland story.
Alex Song is a very impressive player. And though he hasn’t featured for Barcelona as much as he may have imagined when signing for them, he has undeniable quality, and that much was obvious from his Arsenal days. His passing is the strongest aspect of his game, and his link-up play with Robin Van Persie was a particular highlight.
Song has been told he can leave Barcelona this summer, and hence the interest – but since he cost a whopping £15M when he moved to Barcelona – there’s just no way Newcastle would pay £15M to replace the £8M rated Tiote.
I suspect that this “news” linking us with such a player is too good to be true. With Manchester United reportedly lurking as well, it’s highly unlikely Newcastle would ever make a move for a player of his wage demands, let alone his own disinterest in a club such as Newcastle.