Date: 20th August 2014 at 10:57pm
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As expected from a few of us in touch with the reality of being a shop window football club, Cheick Tiote seems likely to be sold as soon as the smell of money hits the nostrils of Mike Ashley.

A reported price tag of £14 million being the fee that will allow a further part of the soul of the club to be bought off.

How a club can expect to achieve anything in life apart from exist for profit but still have supporters arguing the case of certain individuals is beyond me but in their eyes, Alan Pardew does no wrong and Ashley is a great businessman.

They can’t see that we’ve spent nowt in this window but just invest what we’ve earned from sales. We haven’t even strengthened the squad and are weak in many areas.

The bench on Sunday proved this.

The club in question that looks likely for Tiote to call home is Russian outfit, Lokomotiv Moscow, who are on the lookout for a new holding midfielder as their player Lassana Diarra is supposedly angling for a move to QPR.

Tiote has a reputation as a marmite player but for me, he has suffered from being warned by Pardew to calm his game in fear of getting too many bookings.

Since joining over four years ago, he’s made over 100 appearances and has the one solitary goal in the 4-4 draw against Arsenal, as long as you don’t count the disallowed goal from last season against Man City that was wrongly ruled out.

The Ivorian has been linked with a few sides in recent months, but Lokomotiv Moscow were the first club to make a offer for his services and as Ashley has a thing about players hitting a certain age, then it’s all hands to the pump in looking to get rid.

We need more players like Tiote who are grafters and the club gets more than enough money to tick over or make a profit without removing the foundations of long term success.

Without foundations, we’ll just become a lifeless shell.

Hopefully, this is the one time that we turn down any forthcoming bids.