Steve McClaren explains why he doesn’t want Newcastle to sell Cheick Tiote

Newcastle United were close to losing Cheick Tiote in January.

Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren is urging his side not to sell Cheick Tiote as he highlights the midfielder’s character and attitude as big factors, the Northern Echo reports.

The Ivory Coast international was the subject of a bid from China and despite not leaving in the January transfer window, he could still exit before the Chinese market closes at the end of the month.

McClaren, however, has made his stance clear and stressed that he wants the player to remain on Tyneside.

“I hope he stays – I’m certainly recommending that. He just showed his value, although I also thought he had been playing well before he left (to negotiate his deal with Shanghai),” McClaren said.

“He came back and played well, even though he’d only had a few days training. It’s not just about Cheick – it’s about the character and attitude that the players who came in showed. That’s what we need, and we need it week in and week out.”

The Northern Echo claims Shanghai Shenhua were expected to complete an £8 million deal for Tiote last month, yet a proposed move fell through due to a failure to agree personal terms.

Not one to be in the doldrums over a missed opportunity, Tiote put his failed China move behind him to help Newcastle return to winning ways with a much-needed victory over West Bromwich Albion.

The energetic 29-year-old is still a big player at St. James’ Park, and his experience could play a big factor in the club’s bid to avoid relegation come the end of the season.

Tiote has made 128 Premier League appearances for the Magpies since joining the club in 2010.

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