By Tom Blackburn
Cheick Tiote could be handed a lifeline by Newcastle after missing out on a summer transfer, according to a report.
The Chronicle claim the midfielder is set to return to training with the Magpies and that the Newcastle hierarchy are happy with his fitness levels.
It is said Tiote travelled to Turkey for talks with Galatasaray ahead of Wednesday’s transfer deadline, but failed to win a move when contract discussions broke down.
The 30-year-old reportedly failing a medical with Jan Olde Riekerink’s side, which has mystified Newcastle chiefs as he is regarded as one of the fittest players in their squad.
The Chronicle report states that the midfielder will be available for their next Championship clash, when they face Reading next week.
Having been a key player for the majority time since joining in 2010, Tiote has slipped down the midfield pecking order and had the permission of boss Rafa Benitez to leave the club.
Isaac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey and Jack Colback have been preferred in central midfield roles over recent weeks, and he appears to be well below them in the order.