Report explains how Steve McClaren feels about Cheick Tiote's imminent Newcastle exit

Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren is reportedly reluctant to see Cheick Tiote leave Newcastle.

According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren was reluctant to let Cheick Tiote leave St. James' Park, but his move to China appears to be going through.

The Magpies served up a rousing 3-3 draw with Manchester United on Tuesday night, but Sunderland's win over Swansea City means that Newcastle actually dropped a place to 19th in the Premier League table.

One of the players who featured in that game was midfielder Cheick Tiote, but his role is now under threat given that Newcastle signed two more midfielders this week in Henri Saivet and Jonjo Shelvey.

The Ivorian may not be a Newcastle player for much longer though, as The Mirror report that Tiote has agreed a deal to join Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in a stunning £8m move.

That should give Newcastle some funds to pursue a winger or striker this month, but manager Steve McClaren may not be totally happy with the deal.

The Daily Mail report that McClaren was 'reluctant' to let Tiote leave St. James' Park, as he feels the 29-year-old still has something to offer in the Magpies' fight against relegation.

McClaren worked with Tiote at FC Twente, and after a long-running history together, it's no surprise that he would have wanted to keep the physical midfielder on Tyneside.

However, it's stated that the money on offer was so good for both club and player, that the deal is going ahead anyway, with Tiote off to join up with the likes of Tim Cahill and Demba Ba in China.

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