Arsenal transfer news: Gunners weighing up move for Newcastle outcast Chieck Tiote

Swansea close in on Federico Fernandez and Liverpool could land World Cup goalkeeper Sergio Romero

Cheick Tioté’s future at Newcastle is in serious doubt with the player considering a move away from St James’ Park.

Arsenal and Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow have shown interest in the powerful midfielder, who is available for around £8m. Newcastle signed midfielder Jack Colback from rivals Sunderland during the close season, casting doubt on the 28-year-old Tioté’s future.

The Ivory Coast international has barely featured for the club in pre-season, starting only one game, against Sheffield Wednesday. Tioté (right) is one of Newcastle’s highest paid players and the club are ready to sell with a glut of central midfielders. The player did not join Newcastle in the club’s pre-season trip to New Zealand.

Manager Alan Pardew remains a fan but is aware his squad needs trimming after a heavy summer of investment in which nine players arrived at St James’ Park. Newcastle also want buyers for Hatem Ben Arfa, Jonas Gutierrez and Papiss Cissé once he recovers from his knee injury.Elsewhere, Hull City manager Steve Bruce has approached Newcastle about full-back Paul Dummett. Bruce is ready to pay more than £1m to add the 22-year-old to his squad for the Europa League.


Dummett broke through into the Newcastle first team in 2013 and became a regular last season, scoring against Liverpool. Manager Pardew, who gave the left-back his break, does not want to lose  the defender. French youngster Massadio Haïdara has been first choice in pre-season and Davide Santon will be back from injury in October.

Hull have been a major player in the summer transfer market, signing six new players and reaching the group stage of the Europa League on Thursday after seeing off AS Trencin. Former Newcastle striker Nile Ranger yesterday signed a one-year deal at Championship club Blackpool.

Fernandez: ciao for now

Federico Fernandez has said an emotional goodbye to Napoli fans ahead of his expected £7m transfer to Swansea City. The Argentine centre-back wrote on his Twitter account: “Ciao Napoli. Yes ciao, because it is not goodbye forever! It cannot be, because it is difficult to stay away from a city like this.” The 25-year-old, who has won 26 international caps for Argentina, added: “A thank you from the heart to this magnificent city, to all its warm inhabitants, its magnificent fans. Thank you to everyone.” Fernandez moved to the Serie A side in 2011 from Estudiantes.

Reds on brink of Romero

Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Sampdoria goalkeeper Sergio Romero. The Reds approached the Argentina international last week, and are expected to tie up a £1.6m deal for the player imminently. He will provide back-up to Simon Mignolet. Romero started in the World Cup final in July, which Argentina lost 1-0 to Germany after Mario Götze’s 113th-minute strike at the Maracana. The 27-year-old spent last season on loan at Ligue 1 side Monaco, but made only three league appearances for the French team.

Arts and Entertainment
Banksy's 'The Girl with the Pierced Eardrum' in Bristol
art'Girl with the Pierced Eardrum' followed hoax reports artist had been arrested and unveiled
Pistorius leaves Pretoria High Court to be taken to prison

Stephanie first after her public appearance as a woman at Rad Fest 2014

Life and Style

Board creates magnetic field to achieve lift

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
James Blunt's debut album Back to Bedlam shot him to fame in 2004

Singer says the track was 'force-fed down people's throats'


Endangered species spotted in a creek in the Qinling mountains

Life and Style

Company says data is only collected under 'temporary' identities that are discarded every 15 minutes

peopleJust weeks after he created dress for Alamuddin-Clooney wedding
Life and Style
A street vendor in Mexico City sells Dorilocos, which are topped with carrot, jimaca, cucumber, peanuts, pork rinds, spices and hot sauce
food + drink

Trend which requires crisps, a fork and a strong stomach is sweeping Mexico's streets

Arts and Entertainment
George Lucas poses with a group of Star Wars-inspired Disney characters at Disney's Hollywood Studios in 2010

George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios

football West Brom vs Man Utd match report: Blind grabs point, but away form a problem for Van Gaal
Life and Style

Some experiencing postnatal depression don't realise there is a problem. What can be done?

Arts and Entertainment
Gotham is coming to UK shores this autumn
tvGotham, episode 2, review
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album