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3rd Jan, 2017 | 3:18pm

Why Newcastle must cash in on past-it midfielder in January

COMMENT By Emma Sanders

Newcastle must try to cash in on Cheick Tiote before his contract runs out in the summer.

The 30-year-old failed to secure a move away in the summer and there have been no strong links so far in January in regards to a move away from St James’ Park.

The midfielder is past his best but still has something to offer and Newcastle must try to sell him for a small fee before he becomes available for free in the summer.

The Ivory Coast international has made just one appearance for Rafa Benitez’s side this season and that was way back in September during a 1-1 draw against Aston Villa.

Tiote joined the Magpies in 2010 for a £3.5 million fee from FC Twente and he has gone on to make 138 appearances in the Premier League before his single display in the Championship.

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He was a regular squad member last season, making 20 league appearances throughout the 2015-16 campaign but he has fallen out of favour with Benitez.

Tiote still has something to offer though because he is an experienced defensive midfielder who still has a great understanding of the game.

He would be a great addition for a lower Championship side or as back-up for a number of European clubs so Newcastle should stress his talents in order to attract offers this month.

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