The Newcastle Chronicle has reported that a certain Spanish club have sent one of their directors to try and secure a move for midfielder Cheick Tiote.
That club is said to be Sporting Gijon.
Long-serving midfielder Tiote, who is best remembered for scoring the equaliser against Arsenal in that infamous 4-4 game in 2011, has been the subject of much speculation this season. It now looks like his Newcastle days could finally be numbered as the Spanish club’s interest continues to build.
Despite the speculation that has developed, he did feature for Newcastle at the weekend. He was handed a start as The Toon Army drew 1-1 in their FA cup third round tie against Birmingham City.
If he doesn’t leave in this transfer window, then he is certain to go in the summer. His contract is up then and having been unsettled for a few years now – it is likely that the move can’t come soon enough for him.
Because of his contractual status, the transfer fee demanded by Newcastle would be minimal. He is, however, a particularly high earner – meaning that wages may be a potential stumbling block in any negotiations going forward.
The wage problem is said to be the reason why Gijon’s sporting director has travelled to the North East.
They are hopeful that any negotiations that they can put forward now, will stop him searching for a bigger pay packet at the window continues to progress.
As it stands, he is last player remaining in the Newcastle squad, that were publically looking for moves in the summer.