New England Revolution ‘set to move’ for Newcastle midfielder

New England Revolution are looking to add some steel to their midfield as they are reportedly chasing Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote.

The Revs will be looking to strengthen over the MLS offseason after being eliminated from this year’s playoffs in the wildcard round. Tiote is being lined up as an ideal acquisition, according to The Sun, and New England are expected to make a move in January.

The 29-year-old has been at Newcastle for five years since joining from Dutch side FC Twente in 2010, making 139 appearances for the Magpies in that time.

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Tiote has only managed to score one goal in a Newcastle shirt – a memorable strike from distance in a 4-4 draw with Arsenal in 2011 – and is better known for his tough tackling in the middle of the pitch than his eye for goal.

The Ivory Coast international has picked up more than 60 bookings during his time in England and is a player who adds strength to any side he plays in.

The Revs currently have two Designated Player slots available to use and Tiote would surely require one if he were to sign a contract with MLS.

Jermaine Jones, the only current DP with New England, is looking likely to leave during the offseason unless the club opt to resign him when his contract expires in a month’s time.

Jermaine Jones in action for New England Revolution against DC United in their Eastern Conference wildcard game during the 2015 MLS Playoffs (Photo: Matt Mathai)

Jermaine Jones in action for New England Revolution against DC United in their Eastern Conference Knockout game during the 2015 MLS Playoffs (Photo: Matt Mathai)

A midfield pairing of Tiote and Jones would certainly make the Revolution one of the most solid units in Major League Soccer. Though Tiote may be seen as a replacement for Jones should the American midfield star move on.

Tiote has made seven league appearances for Newcastle so far this term. He has more than 18 months left on his current contract with the club and would therefore require a transfer fee to sign him.

Should the New England Revolution make a move for Cheick Tiote this winter? Should Newcastle let him leave?


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