Newcastle may have a busier than expected January transfer window after a poor set of results over the last calendar month that saw us lose four games – three of them in the Championship.
Spanish side Sporting Gijon are reported to be interested in signing Newcastle’s veteran midfielder Cheick Tiote – so after two years with Cheick wanting to leave the club he may finally get his wish with the fee being a giveaway £450K.
The report is in the Chronicle and it doesn’t seem like Rafa Benitez wants to use the Ivorian much this season with the player making only one sub appearance all season and his time has been up at Newcastle for a little while now.
Cheick Tiote in action for Newcastle
Newcastle will not be too interested in the fee they get for the player with his £55K/month the primary reason they want him to leave the club next month – six months before his contract runs out.
Cheick has not really been part of the first team action for over two years now, but when he first arrived for £3.5M in the summer of 2010 from FC Twente he was very good in his first two or three seasons but his form has tailed off since then.
Cheick has played 154 times for Newcastle with one sensational goal – the equalizer against Arsenal in the 4-4 draw at St. James’ Park in February 2011.
That’s when we came from being 4-0 down after 26 minutes to draw the game 4-4 and captain Kevin Nolan almost won it in stoppage time when his shot was only inches wide of the post.
It would be good for Cheick and Newcastle if he was able to get a deal arranged with Sporting Gijon.