Cheick Tiote Could Still Stay At Newcastle

Cheick Tiote wants a good deal to leave Newcastle and his wage demands have ended many a potential move away from Newcastle over the last couple of years.

Last year at this time he almost moved to China’s Super League, but his proposed move to Shanghai Shenhua broke down at the last moment, reportedly based on his wage demands.

Cheick Tiote – in action for Newcastle

And there’s news in the Shields Gazette today that even though Spanish club Sporting Gijon are trying to get a deal done to take Cheick to Spain this week – maybe even on a free transfer – he is still interested in moving to China and the big money on offer there.

It will not have gone unnoticed that Chelsea’s Oscar seems to have given up the standard of football he will be playing  for the big money, after his £52M move from Chelsea to China.

It’s reported he will get £400K per week (a cool £20.8M per year) at Shanghai SIPG, which makes him the highest paid footballer in the world and almost £2M a year more than Cristiano Ronaldo gets at Real Madrid.

That deal will only make Tiote even more keen to get a deal in China and maybe he will wait until the summer when he becomes a free agent and be in an even better negotiating position than he is now.

Cheick has tried for more than two years to leave Newcastle and we wouldn’t exactly hold our breath that he will actually leave this month even though Newcastle seem willing to forgo the transfer fee to get his wages off the wage bill.

We’ll just have to wait and see what happens in this transfer window but since the Chinese transfer window is open until the end of February this saga could drag on … and on.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • G

    Jan 13, 2017 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Whilst I can understand the financial incentive on a move to China, I least he would at least agree a short-term deal with Gijon to go. He’s a spent force. Thanks for the first couple of seasons, but we haven’t seen his workrate and positional sense for quite some time now.

  • one fine day

    Jan 13, 2017 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #2

    Missed bus
    From previous
    I think a lot of those having a chip at Rafa and compararing him to other top managers need a serious reality check.
    Look at the state the club was in for one reason or another .
    He had every right to have legged it once he saw things on the inside and could have picked up a better deal at some of Europes finest.
    He could have maybe brought in bigger players on huge wages but he is clearly looking at just getting out of this damn league as his first mission.
    And I am sure will have a good idea of the players he wants already once we are back in the prem.
    LILO made some very good points on the way we play recently as its all part of the way we will need to be approaching games in our first season back .
    I love to see us rip teams apart as much as the next fan but accept that bedding in a proper system and having all players knowing how to play in it will stand us in good stead for years to come.
    Two years ago I wanted frank de boer from Ajax ,if only because you saw how the whole club not just the first team played to the same style.
    This makes it far easier for our young talent to come up from the academy to the first team .
    Rafa is building something that is sustainable .
    Why the hell he got involved in the basket case I call my club I will never know but who honestly could have done a better job in bringing us together .?

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 13, 2017 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #3

    Well said, ofd.

  • G

    Jan 13, 2017 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #4

    ofd, nail on the head mate. I hope and think Rafa is playing the long game with us. Assuming we go up come Summer I suspect next year will be a consolidation year, but after that, I can see us genuinely challenging for Europe, and giving the established top 4 or 6 a run for their money on match days.

  • AncientC

    Jan 13, 2017 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #5

    one fine day // Jan 13, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    “He had every right to have legged it once he saw things on the inside and could have picked up a better deal at some of Europes finest.”

    Who else was offering Benitez £5 million per year, at the time, or during the Summer?

  • hibbit

    Jan 13, 2017 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #6

    why dont we just pay him up and release him
    he’s never wanted to be here for 2/3 years now
    either way he is going to hang on for every last penny

  • hibbit

    Jan 13, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #7

    Cheick Tiote……………..that is

  • G

    Jan 13, 2017 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #8

    AncientC, are you implying that there are no teams out there whom would, should he have become available? That would be the maddest idea ever posted on the blog. Most teams in the world would pay through the nose for a manager like Rafa.

  • AncientC

    Jan 13, 2017 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #9

    G, good way to answer the question. Why don’t you try backing up that theory.

  • one fine day

    Jan 13, 2017 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #10

    Pretty sure west ham would see it as money well spent. Right now .
    I think 5 mil was cracking business if you look at the alternatives we may have been landed with .
    Moyes ?
    Gaultier ( that went well at villa)
    Sherwood ( went even better)
    Would have liked any of the above … All be in on less money ?
    Sadly it’s part of the modern game mate
    Even shearer ,who we all speak of as our most loyal ( could have won the lot going to man utd ect ect ) playerdo we ask if he would have stayed with us for half of what we paid him?
    Rafa will be worth every penny in MHO if he restores us to the top 6 .
    A cup would be a nice bonus .:)

  • G

    Jan 13, 2017 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #11

    @9, so trolling is your game, that’s fine. I don’t need to back up the theory, as the scenario you have presented is hypothetical anyway. The idea that a top club would not pick Rafa up though is still an absurd one to me. Believe what you like mate, I couldn’t care less.


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