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20th Oct, 2016 | 6:35pm

Reliable journalist: Newcastle midfielder deal is on ice

By Will Butcher

Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote is set to remain at St. James’ Park until January after the United Arab Emirates’ transfer window closed.

The Ivory Coast international has been frozen out by manager Rafa Benitez, after Tiote tried in vain to secure a move away from Tyneside in the summer.

A move was still on the cards after the transfer window though, with the UAE Arabian Gulf League’s window still open until October 20.

However, Shields Gazette reporter Miles Starforth revealed on his personal Twitter account that Tiote would remain in the North East after the transfer window in the Middles East is due to shut.

The 30-year-old was close to sealing a move to Turkish giants Galatasaray in the summer, only for a medical to throw a spanner in the works.

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Tiote has also been rumoured with moves to China and the United Arab Emirates this summer, six years after signing with the north-east outfit in 2010 for £3.5million.

The former FC Twente midfielder has featured just once for the Toon this year, coming on as a substitute during Newcastle’s 1-1 draw against Aston Villa for the last 15 minutes.

Fans still hold Tiote in their hearts following an impressive stint with the Toon. His finest moment in a Newcastle shirt saw him score a screamer against Arsenal to earn a 4-4 draw.

Tiote has made over 150 appearances for the club, but struggled for consistency and fitness since sustaining a serious knee injury in February 2015.

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