Newcastle United would have stung Liverpool for another £25 million on controversial star Tiote

Cheick Tiote

In addition to Andy Carroll, Newcastle should have pushed Cheick Tiote towards Liverpool too.

Newcastle United stung Liverpool for £35 million when they sold Andy Carroll in early 2011, in one of the world's record transfer flops.

Perhaps only two players have been more disappointing at higher prices, Kaka's £55 million move to Real Madrid and Chelsea paying Liverpool £50 million for Fernando Torres.

Despite the Carroll failure, Liverpool were linked with going back to Newcastle for more - The Mail reported Kenny Dalglish was interested in Cheick Tiote at £25 million.

"The Ivory Coast international – valued at £25million – is wanted by Reds boss Kenny Dalglish to inject some momentum in the Anfield club's misfiring season."

Fortunately for Liverpool's sake, this was one deal they walked away from, for since Tiote's 2010/11 season at Newcastle, he has regressed since his outstanding start.

Now, if Newcastle decide they want to sell him - they will get nowhere near the figure once touted for him, and Liverpool or Arsenal may not even be interested, despite their needs for defensive midfielders.

The form of youngster Mehdi Abeid, who starred against Liverpool earlier this month, has planted more seeds of doubt over Tiote's future with Newcastle, with him currently out injured.

With him set to leave for the African Nations Cup in January, he stands to miss important game time, and it would even make his departure difficult if it were to happen.

Yet the very fact there is talk over him losing his place to Abeid, and his name fading from the limelight in recent seasons, shows not only should Newcastle have taken the money, but if they had managed to lure Liverpool into settling on such a deal at £25 million - they could have pulled another fast one.

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