Report: Newcastle midfielder wants to quit in January, club receive offer
By Dominic Toner
Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote is set for a move away from St James’ Park in January, according to a report.
The Mail claim that Spanish side Sporting Gijon have made a £850,000 offer for the midfielder as they look to avoid relegation from La Liga.
The report details that the 30-year-old is keen on leaving the club after making just one appearances this season.
It is understood that he had a move break down in the summer as he tried to join Turkish club Galatasaray, but he reportedly failed a medical and is now hopefully of completing his move away in the January window.
Tiote’s sole appearances this season came off the bench against Aston Villa in the Championship and he has been unable force his way into the squad for most of the campaign.
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The central midfielder has fallen out-of-favour with manager Rafael Benitez and appears to have no future on Tyneside.
He has been with Newcastle since 2010 and has made 154 appearances for the club, scoring just one goal in that time.
Tiote made 22 appearances last season across all competitions and was unable to prevent the club drop out of the Premier League, but the Magpies are eyeing an automatic return and are currently second in the Championship.
Football Insider verdict:
Newcastle should accept the offer for Tiote in January and depart with a loyal servant. Benitez has several talented midfield options in his squad and has shown that he is does not require Tiote. Jonjo Shelvey has established his position as the first-choice central midfielder and is the kind of player that can guide Newcastle back to the Premier League. Tiote has not been a regular player since the 2013/14 campaign and has just made up the numbers in recent seasons. The combative midfielder should look to kickstart his career in Spain and he may need to calm his disciplinary record down, picking up 62 yellow cards in 152 games.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the club’s supporters are hoping a 29-year-old midfielder returns to the club.