The latest club threatening to sign Cheick Tiote from Newcastle is Spanish club Sporting Gijon. and the general assumption was that Cheick would finally leave Newcastle this month after trying for well over two years to leave.
But not so fast (so to speak) – it seems Sporting have changed their minds on the player and the manager would like a more creative midfielder brought in than Tiote.
With Cheick becoming a free agent in the summer it was always a decent possibility that he would simply hold out until the end of his contract and get a better deal – probably with a club in the Chinese Super League where he can earn big money.
Cheick Tiote in action for Newcastle
The local media in Spain – La Nueva Espana – have this report out today as covered in Chronicle Live with Sporting manager Rubi:
“Rubi’s advice has changed Sporting Gijon’s priorities in the transfer market.”
“The new coach of Sporting shares the belief the most urgent thing is to reinforce central midfield.”
“However, the characteristics of Cheick Tiote, a footballer with whom the club has been talking during the winger window, do not exactly fit what he deems necessary.”
“Rubi wants more creativity and Ivorian offers more muscle. Nico Rodriguez, Sports Director, is willing to meet the demand of the coach.”
“So the club has activated alternatives, delaying the option of the Ivorian, but which is not discarded totally.”
If Cheick is still at the club come Saturday, look for him to be in the team to play Oxford United – he’s rusty but we thought he had a much better game against Birmingham in the replay last week, as he gets more match fit.
Cheick could still help us this season if he stays – which looks likely now.
What do you think?