Newcastle midfielder deal stalls due to £41,000-a-week wage demands - report
By Tom Blackburn
The wages of Newcastle midfielder Cheik Tiote are putting off potential interest from Galatasaray, according to a report.
Turkish football website Fanatik claim that a combination of Tiote’s £41,000-a-week wages and£2.5million million price tag has put off the Turkish giants.
It is said that the Ivory Coast international demands are a “major factor” in hampering an agreement.
UAE newspaper The National claimed at the end of July that Arabian Gulf League side Al Jazira had tabled an initial bid of around £800,000, which was rejected by Magpies’ officials and leaves the club a long way short of meeting the asking price.
The midfielder’s future on Tyneside is in doubt and he was left out the Newcastle squad for their Championship opener against Fulham last weekend.
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Tiote, who has also had a spell in Belgium with Anderlecht, almost moved to the Chinese Super League in January.
The 30-year-old is currently way down the central-midfield pecking order, with Jonjo Shelvey, Jack Colback, Vurnon Anita and new signing Isaac Hayden all above him.
Tiote has been at St James’ Park since 2010 and has made over 150 appearances for the club, but struggled for consistency and fitness since sustaining a serious knee injury in February 2015.
He will probably be best remembered for that equaliser against Arsenal in 2011 to make it 4-4 in the 87th minute.
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