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Newcastle Midfielder In Advanced Talks To Join UAE Club

7:44 pm, Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 22 Comments

Sky Sports is reporting tonight that Newcastle defensive midfielder Cheick Tiote is in advanced talks to join the Al Jazira Club, who finished second last season in the UAE Pro League.

The report is that the 30 year-old is discussing a three year deal.

Cheick has one year left on his Newcastle contract and is one of the higher wage earners, so it was always on the cards that he could leave the club this summer, as Rafa Benitez is bringing younger players into the club.

Newcastle United Pre-Season Training Camp

Cheick Tiote in Dublin training camp recently

Tiote is set to receive around £4K (£80K/week) wages if he does make the move and Newcastle have refused to comment to Sky Sports on the breaking news, but it’s interesting that Cheick did not travel with the Newcastle squad to play at Southend United tonight.

Tiote almost left the club last January when he traveled to discuss a potential move with Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua, but the news was that he could not agree terms and stayed on Tyneside.

The Ivory Coast international then came back into the first team and played a useful part in the last 10 games once Rafa Benitez had arrived at the club, but we were still relegated, although Cheick put in some good performances in defensive midfield.

The 52 times capped International joined Newcastle from FC Twente in the summer of 2010 and cost us a meager £3.5M and there’s no news on what the transfer fee is for Cheick, but we should at least get our money back.

Tiote has played 153 times with only one goal for Newcastle, but that goal was a truly memorable one.

It was that fantastic 89th minute equalizer at home to Arsenal in February 2011, when we came back from being 4-0 down after only 26 minutes and drew the game 4-4.

The greatest ever comeback in Premier League history – it could only happen at Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Cheick Tiote · Contracts · Financials · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours

22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 swemag // Jul 26, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    No periscope links today?

  • 2 jazzyp // Jul 26, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    I ain’t getting on no plane fool

  • 3 croftus5678 // Jul 26, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    shelvey forces keeper into a good save.

  • 4 kilcline // Jul 26, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    Need to get rid of riverie and the other deadwood and replace with young hungry players who have potential to grow into a team under Rafa and not just get sold on for profit.

    We have missed out on cook, we shouldn’t miss out on players like Henry, Adams, Hughes, Dunk etc

  • 5 ToonRich // Jul 26, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    Any links that don’t require a login? Was hoping to find something on kodi, best match I’ve found is MKD V Everton!

  • 6 croftus5678 // Jul 26, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    @5 toon

    im using

    it’s the best i can find.

  • 7 Jib // Jul 26, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    Tiote on £4 million pa in Abu Dhabi !!!!

  • 8 geordie157 // Jul 26, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    If tiote goes we’ll need another midfielder in, Jeff Hendrick ?

  • 9 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jul 26, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    So another player leaving from the old guard then!

    Hopefully we have a few players ready to come in!

  • 10 Our Toon // Jul 26, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    At what point do ppl start to worry as the squad is dismantled, keeping tiote to get promoted would get us more money than the risk in letting him go and being exposed in that area.

    Anita as a DM doesn’t work and with Colback they don’t work as a pair. Hayden is young has potential but a big risk if he doesn’t work out.

    Add to that sissoko and thauvin to move on minimum I think it’s too many changes for a squad to gel in one season. We might go up but at what cost to the overall quality?

  • 11 Jib // Jul 26, 2016 at 8:14 PM

    Plenty of corner practise

  • 12 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    Wait, how is the team lining up? On the commentary it says Anita is right forward? Surely not.

  • 13 Rafa Revolution // Jul 26, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    Yes Anita is right forward

  • 14 croftus5678 // Jul 26, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    @10 our toon

    tbf hayden has looked the best dm we have throughout the pre season ! looks to have all the good points of our current dm’s with none of the bad points and looks settled allready with more experience at championship level than any of them.

    he’s our no1 dm imo but will tiote cause more problems than solve n the championships with his silly fouls and discaplinary record anyways ? and before you sy it yes i feel the same about colback also.

  • 15 Rafa Revolution // Jul 26, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    Periscope …

  • 16 ToonRich // Jul 26, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    Cheers croftus…hopefully we’ll get highlights coming through on Twitter or something!!

  • 17 Rafa Revolution // Jul 26, 2016 at 8:19 PM


  • 18 Jib // Jul 26, 2016 at 8:20 PM

  • 19 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 26, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    So it lines up like this?


  • 20 lukes26 // Jul 26, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    our toon

    the team newcastle had last season had quality, but never gelled.

    i doubt there’s ever been a relegated side thats had 4 players sold the following summer for over £10 million ..which, once sissoko goes, we will have had

    newcastle had tons of talent, just not the right transfer policy and managemtn

  • 21 ShirebrookToon // Jul 26, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    What’s the crack with the periscope links. How do they work cos all I get is a black screen saying periscope 🙁

  • 22 Our Toon // Jul 26, 2016 at 8:31 PM


    Yes the team gelled well when they had a proper manager in charge in Rafa, took a while to get used to his ways but we went unbeaten until the end of the season with some solid performances and the odd one which wasn’t as good.

    Croftus – Sorry mate I read nothing into friendly performances mate, in friendlies it’s less about the result you get more time on the ball with less pressure and no physical challenges as players want to be fit for opening games. Hayden struggled to get into hull’s midfield and they got up through the playoffs…..hopefully he turns out to be good but to early to judge

    Yes tiote does daft turns but he also bosses that position for us in terms of physicality. We have 46 games, what happens when Hayden gets injured? We going to have lazy shelvey in there with Colback?

    Big risks in my eyes to cut costs further seems backwards to me!!

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