Despite suffering relegation with Newcastle United last season, it seems Ivorian enforcer Cheick Tiote could be back in the Premier League well before his current teammates, with a Deadline Day move to Burnley priced at 5/2.
The 30-year-old was one of the Magpies’ better performers last time out, but injury and squad rotation saw him feature in just 22 games during the season, and it’s believed the experienced hardman is looking for a last-minute exit from St James’ Park before the window slams shut at 11pm.
For Burnley’s part, the man with 52 Ivory Coast caps would be a vital acquisition, with the Clarets lacking a single defensive midfielder in their squad.
And with just a year remaining on his contract in the North East, Tiote is likely to be available at a bargain price, with Transfermarkt.co.uk putting the player’s market value at a modest £5.1m.
As for Newcastle, they’ve been happy to cash in on their star men throughout the window, with Georginio Wijnaldum, Andros Townsend, and Daryl Janmaat – among others – all leaving the club this Summer.
For those who think Sean Dyche might be the most active manager today, you can also jump on the 12/1 for Burnley to buy more players than any other Premier League outfit today.
The Clarets are next in action against fellow Prem newboys Hull, with 13/10 for the hosts to enjoy victory at Turf Moor.
But will Dyche have a defensive midfielder – and an Africa Cup of Nations winning-one at that – in his ranks for that meeting with the Tigers?
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing