Manchester United manager David Moyes is looking to improve his midfield options by moving for Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote in the summer transfer window.
United have been criticised for several years for lacking a tough tackling defensive midfielder and it has emerged that Tiote is the ideal target, according to the Star.
Moyes has previously attempted to sign the Ivorian in his days at Everton and his interest in the player was resurrected as United enquired about the player during last month’s transfer window. However, due to Newcastle’s decision to sell Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint Germain, Newcastle rebuffed United’s advances.
David Moyes has promised to rebuild the faltering champions’ squad in the summer and did manage to add to his new look squad in January with the club record acquisition of Juan Mata for £37.1 million.
The 27-year-old Tiote has spent three and a half years at Newcastle, consistently impressing for the Magpies as they have re-established themselves as a strong Premier League outfit. Tiote has been courted by United before, during the days of Sir Alex Ferguson as manager, and it seems that Moyes has resurrected interest in the player.
Moyes has also been strongly linked to Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, who has a reputation as being one of the best young prospects in European football. The 21-year-old would cost significantly more than Tiote, with talks of a £37 million bid for the Portuguese international in the pipeline.
United face stiff competition for Carvalho as both Real Madrid and Barcelona are interested in the player.