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.
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.