Cheick Tiote has been trying to leave Newcastle for about two years now and he has no future at the new Newcastle under manager Rafa Benitez.
Almost a year ago he almost left for top Chinese clubs Shanghai Shenhua and Beijing Guoan who both were reported to have bid for him in January but he couldn’t agree personal terms.
The transfer fee at that time was supposed to be £6M but it will be a lot less than that now with Cheick having just seven months left on his contract at Newcastle.
Cheick Tiote in training
Newcastle could do a deal to make it easy for Cheick to leave the club next month.
They could end his contract and make him a free agent in the hope he could get a decent deal in China or they could even agree to terminate his contract for a given amount, which is what Newcastle did last season with Gabriel Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux to get their wages off the wage bill.
Cheick almost left for Turkish giants Galatasaray in late August, but it seems as though his wage demands were too high, although officially he is supposed to have failed his medical which sounds a little bit strange.
Cheick has no future at Newcastle but if we cannot sell him in January the only way the club would want to keep him through the summer is if Rafa wants to keep him as insurance in case we lose some of our central midfielders like Shelvey, Hayden or Colback to injury.
Rafa has left very little to chance this season, but maybe he will let Cheick leave for a low fee or nothing next month to get his £60K/month wages off the wage bill.
What do you think?