Newcastle look to Greece for last-minute midfielder deal - report
By Tom Blackburn
Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote is considering a switch to Greek champions Olympiakos, according to a report.
The Chronicle claim the Ivory Coast star has spoken to Olympiakos about a move, following his failed medical at Galatasaray that scuppered an agreed £1.6m deal.
The Ivory Coast international had agreed a move to the SuperLig side, but the plug was pulled due to a problem with his left lateral meniscus.
Tiote had also been rumoured with moves to China and the United Arab Emirates this summer, as he looks to leave Newcastle before the transfer deadline on Wednesday.
Tiote has just 12 months remaining on his St. James’ Park deal, after signing with the north-east outfit in 2010 for £3.5million.
Subscribe to Football Insider TV now
Fans still hold Tiote in their hearts following an impressive six-year stint with the Toon, with many recalling his finest moment in a Newcastle shirt that saw him score a screamer against Arsenal to earn a 4-4 draw.
Tiote has made over 150 appearances for the club, but has struggled for consistency and fitness since sustaining a serious knee injury in February 2015.
Turkish website Goal claim Galatasaray now want to sign former Man City midfielder Nigel de Jong from LA Galaxy after the Tiote deal fell through.
In other Newcastle transfer news, they finalise personal terms after agreeing a loan-to-buy deal.