Midfielder Very Close To Finally Leaving Newcastle


Cheick Tiote has been wanting to leave Newcastle for a few years now and it seems he is very close to leaving the club.

The Mail are reporting he is close to a move to Greek giants Olympiacos, but there is some late interest from Premier League club Burnley.

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Cheick Tiote after scoring fantastic goal against Arsenal

Cheick has been wanting out of Newcastle for some time and it would be good for the 52 times capped Ivory Coast International to revitalize his career away from Tyneside.

Hull City, who have yet to sign players this summer, are also reportedly keen on the powerful Newcastle United midfielder.

Cheick almost left for China in January, but he couldn’t agree personal terms with Super League club Shanghai Shenhua.

Olympiacos won the Greek Super League last season with a massive 85 points – losing only one and drawing one of the 30 games.

They were a massive 30 points better off than second placed Panathinaikos and will be in the Champions League again this season.

Cheick was signed six years ago for a low £3.5M from FC Twente and he has played 153 games for Newcastle with one notable goal.

That was the fantastic equalizer in the 89th minute that gave Newcastle a 4-4 draw with Arsenal in February, 2011.

That was after we were 4-0 down after 26 minutes in the game and scored four goals in the final 26 minutes in the greatest comeback ever seen in the Premier League.

The fee is said to be a low £2M.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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104 comments so far

  • Belfast

    Aug 25, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #1

    Good luck to him. Clearly been desperate to leave for a long time.

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Aug 25, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #2

    def need a CM tank replacement I am afraid….you cannot have a midfield without this type of player I am afraid.

    Where are these big signings nothing on radar I am seeing..

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  • expatmag

    Aug 25, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #3

    I find it concerning that this squad is being unnecessarily decimated to the point where we are currently struggling to put a decent squad out on the park……and we are only 4 games jnto the season.

    So far, we have sold 5, loaned out 5 released 4 and written of 3 who noone seems to want.

    So far, we have brought in 9 of which Sels Hanley Clark have failed to impress and Gamez is untried.

    Furthermore, we go into a home game against one of our major rivals without any tried and trusted forwards, probably having to rrly on 2 unwanted frenchmen and an 18 year old kid.

    And people think Ashley has handed control over to Rafa!!!!!

    He has already made a profit in the market of 7 million. Add fees for Sissoko and Tiote and the fat man is STILL laughing all the way to the bank

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  • jimmysmith

    Aug 25, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #4

    The optimism has been tempered by the reality of losing our better players and bringing in lesser ones, at least at first glance. But really it should be tempered further. The odds on going up are good, but they odds on going up and then staying up surely no better than evens considering the money all the epl clubs will be getting, our direct opposition, and we won’t. Much depends on how well Rafa fares in the transfer market, and quite possibly whether Ashley is prepared to loan the club a bit more of his money.

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  • nufc786

    Aug 25, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #5

    What would people think of either Mehdi Abeid or Olivier Kemen returning to the club as Tiotes replacement?

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  • jimmysmith

    Aug 25, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #6

    He’s got too many underperforming players and too high a wage bill, and 4 key consecutive windows to manage, and this is how he’s going about managing it. I don’t see Ashley’s black hand at play. Just the realities of relegation under Rafa.

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 25, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #7

    The rules in the championship dictate a club can’t make a loss of a certain amount, I have to say though, tiote could definitely add something to this squad and more importantly in the DM role. The squad is now unnecessarily being dismantled, krul is still the best keeper we have, unless we are bringing in 5 more players it makes no sense loaning out good players that would contribute something good this season if they stayed

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  • mindshaft

    Aug 25, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Think people are exaggerating the lure of the toon – we’re in the championship and are mid table .., most players people on here are banging on about wouldn’t probably come ..
    I as do most pundits believe Rafa had control of football matters including ins and outs ( albeit within a budget )
    we are not the draw some people think we are, even knockeart knocked us back –

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  • jimmysmith

    Aug 25, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #9

    The hope is that the money made and saved will be reinvested in the right players at the right time.

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 25, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #10

    Jimmy

    The fees earned so far along with those already shipped out would more than cover the wages and drop in revenue as a result of relegation…..it’s all starting to look like a gamble now

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 25, 2016 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Mindshaft

    Knockaert knocked us back? When mate, must have missed that one

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  • stop moaning

    Aug 25, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #12

    These players all got us relegated…good riddance

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  • jimmysmith

    Aug 25, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #13

    They’d cover them now, but we have a lot of work to do over the next two and three seasons and there will have to be the money for that too, and as has been pointed out we are struggling to attract the quality we are going to need. It seems prudent not to spend all of it in this window.

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  • Sazzer

    Aug 25, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #14
  • one fine day

    Aug 25, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #15

    nufc786 // Aug 25, 2016 at 11:29 PM
    Abeid not sure but Keman could do a job for us .
    Still baffles me why we simply let him go as he looked decent .(But then a lot of decisions at that time left me feeling the same way)
    Still young and could thrive under a good coach .

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  • expatmag

    Aug 25, 2016 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #16

    Stop Moaning

    McLarens inane tactics got us relegated mate. That plus 80 millon quid wasted in the transfer narket.

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  • Sazzer

    Aug 25, 2016 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #17

    Atsu is a worrying sign that things are getting desperate behind the scenes.

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  • Fostino

    Aug 26, 2016 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #18

    Out Best team when fit right now

    Sels

    Anita mbemba lascalles jesus

    Rithchie sissoko hayden perez
    Diame
    gayle

    Mitro…shelvey..aarons ..colback..darlow..Dummett…Hanley

    Diame solves the attacker problem. Perez the lm problem ..jesus the lb problem and sissoko man the $uck up

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  • Fostino

    Aug 26, 2016 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #19

    In reality sissoko wont hang around. We need to go.in high for Brady of Norwich or the left winger from Brighton or maybe Chadli from spurs.

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  • brklyngeordie

    Aug 26, 2016 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #20

    Expat

    Sels,Clark,Hanley and Gamez can’t not be written off as bad signings we are 4 games into season and they are all new to the club and Benitez will learn their strengths and they all need time to gel with teammates, it’s unfair to label them yet

    Sazzer

    Atsu is not a bad shout the lad obviously caught the eye of the Chelsea hierarchy years back but has not been able to break through I think at this level would be a good signing and allow him to gain some confidence back, we need some speed and he has that

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 26, 2016 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #21

    If we are going to Chelsea for a player on loan, I’d much prefer to get Loftus-Cheek. A cut above our central midfielders, and can play pretty much any role through the centre of midfield.

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  • Sazzer

    Aug 26, 2016 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #22

    nufc786
    If Kemen have a killer year in France then I would bring him back for next season but until he’s proven he’s good enough on senior level then I think it’s to much of gamble at the moment. Same goes for Abeid but in Greece.

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  • Sazzer

    Aug 26, 2016 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #23

    Lilo
    Certainly should be in for Loftus-Cheek if he’s available on loan. I don’t think he is. In the beginning of window I was talking about possiblity of getting Michael Hector and Nathaniel Chalobah on loan from Chelsea. Hector went on loan to Germany and I still think Chalobah would be allowed to go. After all he’s behind Matic, Kante, Oscar, Fabregas, Mikel, Luftus-Cheek at that DM spot. Kenedy is another good player that might be possiblity.

    Solanke, Atsu and Aina are for me the type of signings teams around play-off positions take on because they can’t afford the more proven players or bottom-half Premier League teams take on because they have injury one of the two player that can play in their position.

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  • expatmag

    Aug 26, 2016 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #24

    BRK

    I am not writing them off mate. I am saying that I feel we could have had better quality than them coming in.

    To be honest, the strength or lack of in the current squad, even if there were no more comings or goings, doesnt fill me with a great deal of confidence in achieving promotion in comoarison to other clubs.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 26, 2016 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #25

    expat – we are definitely on the same page, agree with all your comments above. The clean air down here obviously allows us to think more clearly than most.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 26, 2016 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #26

    Sazzer,
    Conte seems to think that he can convert Loftus Cheek into a striker from some of the articles I’ve read. He won’t get any benefit by being back up there, they have a lot of depth in the centre of midfield.

    Not keen on Atsu,. Is Solanke still in a contract dispute there? He would be better off leaving I think, but not sure he is what we need at this precise moment. He would still be a good signing for most Championship sides (including us) longer term.

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  • Sazzer

    Aug 26, 2016 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #27

    brklyngeordie
    Atsu would be another late loan signing like De Jong, Doumbia, Facundo unless we sign Knockaert/Judge as well as Atsu.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 26, 2016 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #28

    Expat/ToF,
    There is clearly still work to do on the squad. Everyone on here knows that, all the media about the club suggest they know that, and Rafa’s interviews agree as well.

    I do think you are overestimating the quality of players at some of our rivals mind. I’d struggle to pick more than 1 or 2 players from each of the supposed main challengers that would be first choice here.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 26, 2016 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #29

    Whether we will get the players we need in before the deadline is a different question altogether, but the intention to fix some of the gaps at least, would appear to be there.

    If the window had shut this evening, it would look underwhelming. It doesn’t though, so let’s see what we get in the next 5 days!

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  • Sazzer

    Aug 26, 2016 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #30

    Lilo
    Luftus-Cheek certainly would be ideal for us. One can always hope Chelsea gets desperate on deadline day and offer us Chalobah+Luftus Cheek+£10m for Moussa Sissoko.

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  • Sazzer

    Aug 26, 2016 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #31

    Lilongwe Geordie
    It’s definitely going to be interesting to see what happens in the coming days but getting linked Alesssandrini and Atsu today rather than improve bids on Knockaert is worrying.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 26, 2016 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #32

    Lilo – I think you’d have to agree that we have a poor record when it comes to eleventh hour transfer business, and it’s getting close to that now. Based on his record, I put a decent chunk of the blame for this on Charnley, and given he’s still in place, it sets alarm bells ringing with me. I think you were as staggered as I was to read about the comedy of errors with Kone in January, just as an example. I can’t help wondering just how much this has been Rafa’s transfer window, and how much Charnley and Carr’s, despite the rhetoric of Benitez being in total control. My gut feeling is that he has had more influence in outgoings than incomings, and has probably taken advice from Charnley and Carr about the type of player we’ll “need for the Championship”. As many on here would know, I actively question Carr’s motives and honesty, and Charnley’s integrity, so I do have misgivings. And on the Championship itself, I have watched all the games we have been getting on BEIN sports down here, and we are no better than just “one the contenders” for promotion from what I’ve seen. Most teams are tidy and put in a shift – even the lower table sides will pick up points from us here and there. Some that were not factored in such as Fulham are clearly serious threats, apart from the more obvious challengers. As of this minute, I am quite pessimistic about this season.

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  • expatmag

    Aug 26, 2016 at 2:46 AM

    Comment #33

    Lilo

    Huddersfield have already given us a football lesson. In Australia, we all know about Aaron Mooy who is pn loan to them from Man City. He is the type of player we need. Skillful hard working and creative.

    There will be surprises. There always are in this league. Norwich look strong. They have not lost many players from last season and tbey gave recruited well.

    Villa will be up there too. Having Ayew McCormack and Gestede up front shows them to be an attacking threat.

    The game on saturday will tell us just how strong Brighon are.

    I expect he likes of Derby Leeds Shef Wed. to be in yhe mix too. Wolves will be a najor yhreat. They look strong.

    And do t forget. Everyone will want to beat us.

    Most people on here think we will walk thjs league but they are wrong. It will be tough and judging by our current sqhad, I feel we have neither the depth of attacking quslity and creativity to make a major impact.

    When the injuries hit, which they invariably will, the strength of our squad will be severely tested if we fail to recruit at least 5 key players in dpecialist areas. That us assuming that Sissoko Tiote snd Riviere are sold.

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  • Magpie Season

    Aug 26, 2016 at 3:08 AM

    Comment #34

    Tough game tomorrow. Brighton are a good side & undefeated in their last 6. Long time since we faced Hughton.

    To be honest I would be happy with the draw even though we are at home, as it is still early days.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 26, 2016 at 5:31 AM

    Comment #35

    expat, ToF,
    Mclaren was useless and is an even worse pundit with those stupid over exaggerated sentences he pronounces. He most definitely did get us relegated but it was more to do with the system in place that employed such a second rate loser in the first place. How Pardew managed to keep us up I simply don’t know. A better manager would have most definitely kept us up last year but that is my point, a better manager simply would have not worked under those conditions hence the pursuit of sacked league one and Championship managers.

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  • mindcompressor

    Aug 26, 2016 at 5:44 AM

    Comment #36

    At the beginning, Rafa stays because we suppose to keep core of the squad. Actually we lost most of players and more is about to leave. Gayle and Ritchie, maybe Diame are really impressive players IMHO. Rest of new signings are just players. Battle on promotion will much more difficult than I was thinking. Hopefull we can make it.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 26, 2016 at 5:44 AM

    Comment #37

    Jail@ – happy to agree that McClaren was useless; employed by a dud in Charnley, who is employed in turn by an avaricious, uncouth pig in Ashley. Just not sure how that relates to the points expat and I were trying to expand on, though?

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  • jimmysmith

    Aug 26, 2016 at 5:44 AM

    Comment #38

    The Carver period did immense damage, and the essentially inactive 18 months in the transfer market that preceded it did even more. Throw in McClaren, and you have relegation.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 26, 2016 at 5:52 AM

    Comment #39

    I can not think of one player sold by Charnley that was for an excessive, or a good deal of money. There are also a larger proportion of misses for players bought in. Plus there is the conflicting aspects of him being reported to be very professional in handling purchases whilst other players are lost out on due to intransience. It would seem that Charnley is good at buying bad players, although that is an over simplification.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 26, 2016 at 5:54 AM

    Comment #40

    ToF,
    To do with expat at 16 and yours at 25

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