Date: 31st January 2017 at 4:17pm
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By Amir Mir

Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote is on his way to Chinese side Shandong Luneng while Rafa Benitez is hopeful about signing Andros Townsend, according to a report.

The Guardian claim in their transfer blog on Monday afternoon (15:29 pm) that Tiote is “finally leaving” the Championship club as he is set to reunite with former teammate Pappiss Cisse.

It is said that negotiations with Crystal Palace continue over the signing of Andros Townsend as manager Rafa Benitez remains “optimistic”.

Benitez’ side have been looking to add the Premier League winger to their ranks this month, six months after he left the north east for the London-based side.

By contrast, Tiote has featured on just three occasions for Benitez this term as he looks set to leave the club, seven years after joining.

The Magpies are second in the Championship table and will be hoping to add more additions to their squad as deadline day nears its end.

Football Insider verdict:

Newcasle have made the right decision in allowing Tiote to leave the club because he clearly had not future under Benitez. Over the past few seasons his form has dipped and in truth, the midfielder should have been sold a long time ago.  Benitez needs to stamp his authority on this team and he is slowly building his own squad which he will be hoping will be ready for the Premier League in the summer. The Magpies currently sit in second place and they have too much firepower not to earn instant promotion this term. Selling the players who were part of the club’s relegation last term is a move in the right direction for the north east outfit.

In other Newcastle transfer news, the club’s north-east rivals have made a late move for the deadline day target.

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