Newcastle will reportedly snub any offers from Guangzhou Evergrande for Cheick Tiote this week.
Tiote, 29, joined the Magpies from Dutch side FC Twente back in 2010, and in his first four seasons at St. James' Park, he was a key part of the Newcastle side, offering physicality in the middle of the park and protection for his defence.
Yet, after just 12 appearances last season and a slow start to this term, questions were asked about Tiote's future, despite working under his former Twente boss Steve McClaren.
As reported by The Chronicle, a January move to China with Shanghai Shenhua fell through, but the Chinese deadline is only this Friday, meaning questions about Tiote's future haven't died down just yet.
Now, the Daily Mail report that another Chinese club, Guangzhou Evergrande, want to sign Tiote - but Newcastle will shun any bid for the Ivorian midfielder, because they want him to play a key role in the club's fight against relegation this season.
Tiote now has new competition after the signings of Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet in January, and whether he has a long-term future on Tyneside remains to be seen.
For now though, Tiote will be relied upon to help keep Newcastle in the Premier League - but the report claims that Tiote has his heart set on a move to China on a £70,000-a-week contract, meaning they could receive more bids before Friday, as they contend with a potentially unhappy player having so far blocked his move to China.
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