Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote reportedly on Galatasaray's January shopping list

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The 29-year-old has not featured for the Magpies since November.

Galatasaray are hoping that they can tempt Newcastle into selling Cheick Tiote during the January transfer window, according to the Newcastle Chronicle.

The Chronicle reports that the Turkish side are big admirers of the holding midfielder and have included him on a shortlist of potential targets to go after this winter.

The 29-year-old has not played for the Magpies since the humbling home defeat to Leicester City last month, where he picked up a groin injury. 

And while manager Steve McClaren wants to keep Tiote at St James' Park, having worked with the player at FC Twente, and has an understanding of what he will bring to the team as they fight to beat the drop in the Premier League (via Chronicle), his opinion on his worth to the side may have changed slightly in recent weeks.

Newcastle have won their last two games, against Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool and a Tottenham side that had not lost since the opening day of the campaign.

And if McClaren is against changing the winning formula he has stumbled upon in recent weeks, then it may be that he allows the Ivory Coast international to move on to allow him to find first-team football elsewhere. 

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