The Mail is reporting today in what they call an exclusive that Newcastle will not allow Cheick Tiote to leave and move to China this month, but he will be kept at the cub until the summer to help our fight against relegation.
That’s a sensible move by the club and it could be that our more experienced players like Cheick can help us get out of the mess we are in at the moment.
Cheick Tiote in action at the Emirates this season
The latest news is that after a move to Shanghai Shenhua broke down over personal terms last month, the 53 times capped Ivory Coast international is now wanted by Guangzhou Evergrande.
The transfer window close in three days time on Friday and apparently the Chinese Premier League club have made a bid for the player which Newcastle have rejected it and made it known they are not interested in letting the 29 year-old leave this month.
Tiote is still under contract through the summer of next year at the club and Newcastle have every right to keep him this season, especially when we are in such dire danger of being relegated.
But Cheick like some of our other players needs to get some consistency in his game.
After a terrific performance in the 1-0 win at home to West Brom he was poor in the 5-1 mauling at Chelsea in the next game.
Cheick has played 141 times for us since signing on from FC Twente in the summer of 2010.
He also has one stupendous goal against Arsenal in what was the equalizer in the 4-4 come from behind draw (4-0 behind) at home to Arsenal in February 2011 – the greatest comeback in Premier League history.
Cheick can do a job for us this season and help us survive relegation for the second season running.