By Coral Barry
Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote is weighing up his options after holding talks with Al Jazira Club, according to a report.
Tiote is considering his future at Newcastle with the club set for a stint in the Championship, with rumours in January suggesting the 30-year-old saw a proposed move to China collapse.
Sky Sports now claim that Tiote is in advanced talks with the United Emirates club and has been offered a three-year deal that is worth £4million-a-year in wages.
Tiote has not travelled with the rest of the Newcastle squad that will face Southend on Tuesday night after making just 22 appearances for the club last campaign.
The Ivory Coast international has just one year left to run on his current contract, but has made over 150 appearances for the Magpies since joining in 2010.
Newcastle get their league campaign underway away at Fulham on 5 August and have already made numerous additions to their squad.
Rafael Benitez will be hoping to lead his side straight back into the top flight and although he has said he will not be forced to part with any of his top players, Tiote may be one such former star Newcastle are willing to part with.
Tiote has struggled with consistency and fitness in the last two seasons since picking up a serious knee injury in February 2015.
In other Newcastle news, Benitez is targeting a former Liverpool midfielder to add cover to his squad.