Finally it has happened – Cheick Tiote will be leaving Newcastle today with a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League.
The deal is being reported by Keith Downie of Sky Sports but which Chinese club it is – we don’t know but it looks like it’s with Shandong Luneng – it’s a two year deal.
Cheick Tiote – will leave Newcastle today
Sky Sources: Cheick Tiote has finally completed his protracted move to China.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) January 31, 2017
Cheick joined Newcastle from FC Twente in August 2010 for £3.5M after we were promoted back to the Premier League and he played a total of 156 games with only one goal for Newcastle.
But that goal was the fabulous equalizer in the 4-4 draw against Arsenal in February 2011 at St. James’ Park, when we came back from being 4-0 down after only 26 minutes of that game.
That amazing comeback made news around the world for Newcastle.
Newcastle now get Cheick’s wages off the wage bill – estimated to be around £55K/week – although his contract was up this June.
That’s the first of two deals we expect today – with Newcastle said to be confident of getting Andros Townsend over the line today.
There’s also a third possibility of Tim Krul moving to Watford on loan.
Here’s that fantastic equalizing goal from Cheick Tiote.