The Ivorian missed the second half of last season through injury.
Cheick Tiote’s breakthrough season in 2010/11 saw him receive widespread acclaim and prompted talk of a move to some of the country’s biggest clubs.
The midfield enforcer was all power and aggression and was a nightmare to play against at his peak. Since then, however, he has struggled with several injury problems and the latest came at The Africa Cup of Nations in January, ruling him out for the remainder of the season.
He is still battling for to be fit for the start of pre-season and a re-uniting with his former FC Twente boss Steve McClaren.
At 29 years old, there may be some doubts within the Newcastle hierarchy about whether Tiote can ever regain his outstanding form of a few years ago and his exit could prove a deal to suit all parties as McClaren looks to put his stamp on the squad.