Central midfielder in talks over Newcastle transfer - report
By Will Butcher
Greek champions Olympiacos have entered discussions to sign Newcastle’s fringe player Cheick Tiote, according to a report.
The 30-year-old is currently way down the central-midfield pecking order, with Jonjo Shelvey, Jack Colback, Vurnon Anita and new signing Isaac Hayden all above him.
The Daily Mail reported on their live transfer blog on Thursday (2:21pm), that Tiote has also received late interest from Premier League duo Hull City and Burnley, though Olympiacos are keen to push through a deal.
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.
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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.
In other Newcastle transfer news, Arsenal are interested in bringing this international centre-back to the Emirates.