Report: Steve McClaren desperate for Cheick Tiote to remain with Newcastle United

Cheick Tiote has been linked with a move away from Newcastle United in recent times.

According to a report in the Daily Mirror, Steve McClaren is urging Cheick Tiote to stay with Newcastle United.

Tiote looked to be heading out of the St. James’ Park exit door in January, but no move materialised.

A host of Chinese clubs remain interested in signing the powerful central-midfielder, but McClaren now has no intentions of selling him.

McClaren was previously open to the idea of letting the Ivorian leave, and signed Henri Saivet as his replacement, but the former England boss has performed a complete u-turn.

McClaren now sees Tiote as a vital part of Newcastle’s team, and he started the 29-year-old against West Bromwich Albion last weekend.

In that fixture Tiote impressed, and he had a goal disallowed in the first half of the match.

McClaren feels that Tiote is invaluable to his side, and although the midfielder could earn more money by moving to China, Newcastle are hoping that he will reject all offers.

Tiote has made 14 appearances for Newcastle, in what has been an injury hit season so far. 

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