By Joe Nelson
Newcastle fringe midfielder Cheick Tiote is set for a move before deadline day, according to a reliable journalist.
The Chronicle’s chief sports writer Lee Ryder claimed on his personal Twitter account on Sunday afternoon that the 30-year-old has a number of offers on the table, including one from Galatasaray.
Ryder believes that the long-serving central midfielder “looks likely to go” by Wednesday’s transfer cut-off.
Reports in Turkey of Tiote to #Galatasaray accurate but he has more than one offer. Looks likely to go.
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) August 28, 2016
The Mail reported on their live transfer blog on Thursday (2:21pm), that Tiote had interest from Premier League duo Hull City and Burnley, alongside Greek giants Olympiacos, who may also rival Galatasaray for his signature.
Tiote has been expected to leave St. James’ Park throughout the window following Newcastle’s relegation from the top flight.
UAE newspaper The National have claimed earlier this month that Arabian Gulf League side Al Jazira tabled an initial bid of around £800,000.
The former FC Twente holding midfielder has just 12 months remaining on his St. James’ Park deal, after signing with the north-east outfit in 2010 for £3.5million.
Tiote has been with the Toon 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 Premier League equaliser against Arsenal in 2011 to make it 4-4 in the 87th minute, which remains to be his only ever goal for the Magpies.
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