Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has stated that Cheick Tiote will remain at the club, despite growing interest from Arsenal and Lokomotiv Moscow, Daily Star reports.
The 28-year-old anchorman has been targeted by Arsene Wenger in hopes of finding a replacement for Gunners captain Mikel Arteta after the Spaniard suffered an injury in a midweek Champions League play-off match.
Pardew said: “There were a couple of derisory offers, way short of our valuation and therefore we’ve not really entertained any serious thought of him leaving.”
“I’m as confident as I can be with any player that he will stay.”
However, he also added that you can never actually be sure because if a bigger team makes a move, he cannot force the Ivorian to stay.
“I never think you can be safe with a player if you’re not in the Champions League.
“You’ve got to be on your toes at all times because I’ve seen some inflated prices this week and that’s worrying with nine days to go.”