Liverpool are expected to challenge Newcastle United’s resolve to keep Cheik Tiote in January, according to the Metro.
Liverpool are said to be preparing a £15 Million bid in January, 25% less than Newcastle are currently willing to accept.
With the Ivorian said to have told the press in recent weeks that he wishes to leave, in order to seek a new challenge, Newcastle may have to budge on their valuation, should no team stump up their £20 Million asking price.
The Reds are thought to be keen to implement a more defensive midfielder to help out their leaky defence, in the hope of freeing up Steven Gerrard to play in a more attacking role.
Arsenal have failed in bids for the holding midfielder before, and are also expected to bid, having come under criticism for their ability to retrieve the ball in the middle of the pitch. Manchester United are also said to be monitoring the situation.