By Amir Mir
Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote is expected to sign for Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng – and fans on Twitter were not bothered that he is set to leave.
The Newcastle Chronicle claim in their live blog on Monday (3.13pm) that the deal for the Magpies outcast is expected to be confirmed by Wednesday.
Tiote had flown to China over the weekend to undergo a medical with Super League outfit, and iron out the final details of the transfer.
The defensive-minded player will leave Rafa Benitez’ promotion-chasing side in the Championship to the fast-growing Chinese Super League.
Tiote has only featured on three occasions for the north east club this season and played only 15 minutes of in England’s second tier following their relegation last term.
The likes of Jonjo Shelvey, Jack Colback, Mo Diame and Isaac Hayden have been utilised ahead of the Ivory Coast international in the middle of the park.
Therefore, it is no surprise that the toon army faithful were not fussed that Tiote was set to leave the club.
One fan believes, the 30-year-old was a great servant during his early days at the club but became a liability during the past two campaigns.
Another supporter echoed those words by stating that Tiote effectively left the club two years ago.
One fan joked whether the Chinese club are offering £50million for the player following the big money the super league has been splashing out on players.
Overall, supporters were pleased to see him go as they were not bothered that the experienced campaigner is set to clinch a transfer away from the Championship leaders.
Here is a selection of their message on Twitter:
goid servant in early days but became a liability in past 2 seasons. Free's up a big chunk of wages tho and a squad place.
— KevBa (@kevba1971) February 6, 2017
I thought he was gone
— Iain Graham (@IainGraham1) February 6, 2017
Tiote effectively left #nufc two years ago
— ⚫️⚪️Fozzie⚫️⚪️ (@Fozzie94) February 6, 2017
— TrezasToon (@keithtrezayoung) February 6, 2017
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