Newcastle’s Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote has flown to Turkey to tie up a deal to move to Galatasaray early this coming week and the fee is small – reported to be about €1.5M for the 52 times capped International central midfielder, who is in the final year of his contract on Tyneside.
The Mail had reported a few days ago that two Premier league clubs – Hull City and Burnley were interested in signing the player, but it seems the Turkish giants have beaten both English clubs to the player, although the Chronicle is reporting Cheick does have more than one offer on the table – but we suppose this is the best one for him.
Rafa Benitez with Cheick Tiote last season
Reports in football-mad Turkey that Cheick is coming to Turkey from Newcastle.
Cheick Tiote, ?stanbul’a geldi. pic.twitter.com/rFt8rSiZxV
— Aslan Tribün (@AslanTribun) August 28, 2016
Cheick almost left the club last January with a move to either one of two Chinese Super League clubs – Shanghai Shenhua or Beijing Guoan – but neither move went through.
Cheick played well for Rafa Benitez when Rafa joined Newcastle in March.
But the Spanish manager has since brought in some central midfield players this summer and now Cheick is surplus to requirements – and if he does move this coming week it will take his high wages of around £50K/week off Newcastle’s wage bill.
Tiote signed for us for just £3.5M from FC Twente back in the summer of 2010.
He ended up playing 153 games for Newcastle with one memorable goal against Arsenal at home in February 2011, in that famous come from behind 4-4 draw with Arsenal.
If Cheick leave he will be the 17th senior player to leave Newcastle this summer and so far we have brought 11 new players into the completely transformed Newcastle squad and just won four games in a row.