By Harry Sykes
Cheick Tiote is close to ending his lengthy association with Newcastle, according to a reliable journalist.
The midfield anchorman, who is the Magpies’ longest-serving outfield player, is set to join Spanish club Sporting Gijon.
Sky Sports’ Spanish expert Guillem Balague took to Twitter on Thursday morning to report that Tiote “could soon be moving” to the La Liga outfit, who are 18th in the division and battling against relegation.
Balague revealed on his personal Twitter account that the “last details” are being ironed out on the deal.
Tiote (Newcastle) could be soon moving to Sporting Gijon if nothing goes wrong. Last details to be ironed out…
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) January 12, 2017
This comes after reports that Sporting director of football Nico Rodriguez has been in England this week to thrash out a deal with Newcastle and Tiote’s team.
The Ivorian, whose Newcastle contract expires in the summer, is hoping to reach a settlement on his deal with the Magpies and sign for the Spanish outfit this month.
Reports in Spain have suggested that the proposal currently on the table is that Tiote’s basic wage would be tied into the club’s performance this season – and he would be handed a long contract which would automatically increase next year.
Tiote joined Newcastle in the summer of 2010 and has made 155 appearances for the club but he has been a bit-part figure under Rafael Benitez and has played just two matches this season.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the club are set to confirm a 20-year-old midfielder deal.