AmkSpor, NtvSpor and Milliyet are all reporting today that Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has failed his medical at Galatasaray.
To be more accurate, Cheick has completed his medical but has not passed it – but the Turkish club want more information about a specific medical condition they have found.
The 30-year old only arrived in Istanbul last night to a big fanfare and was expected to complete his £1.5M move to the Turkish giants today.
Cheick Tiote in action last season
The reports are that it seems Tiote’s left leg is weaker than his right leg and that in medical terms, he has a problem with his left lateral meniscus.
That’s the cartilage that’s part of the knee.
Galatasaray are now requesting detailed reports on Tiote’s condition from their club medics.
It seems he is injured and will not be able to play for a while so the Turkish club want an estimate for how long he will take to recover from the injury.
The plot thickens, but Galatasaray are not expected to make a decision on whether to go ahead and sign Cheick until their medical team have come up with the answers to their questions.
It’s still possible they could sign him, but this has complicated things.
The Chronicle reported yesterday that he has five offers on the table for his services.
This may be resolved as early as today.