The Daily Express briefly reports today that Manchester United are in for Newcastle United pair Cheikh Tiote and Demba Ba.
While other media outlets are suggesting that the wanted Newcastle duo is actually Ba and Cabaye, the Express reckons that Fergie wants to get a midfield enforcer in the mould of Micheal Essien and the ill-fated Owen Hargreaves.
Many would argue that these sorts of players are becoming obsolete in the modern game, with fewer teams opting for a ball winner, but Tiote seems to be interesting a lot of top clubs after a period at Newcastle in which he has not only anchored the midfield imperiously but scored a bobby dazzler of a goal to boot.
Yohan Cabaye, one of the few French players to come out of EURO 2012 with reputation enhanced, would also fancy himself to make the grade at Old Trafford.
But, Chiekh’s mate Demba Ba, seems like a less likely option from our perspective. Whilst showing some explosive form in the early part of the season, the goals dried up for Ba in 2012 (partly due to a positional change to accommodate Papa Cisse) and he doesn’t necessarily fit well into the modern template for Manchester United attackers. Sir Alex seems to prefer lightning quick and technically brilliant forwards these days, as opposed to more traditional big target men. So, while there may be some truth in the Tiote and Cabaye rumours, we are more sheepish about Ba.
So, do you think that Sir Alex wants any of these guys? Responses on my desk by end of play today please.
As you were….