Report: Newcastle could keep Tiote

Crystal Palace's Yohan Cabaye in action with Newcastle's Cheick Tiote

The 30-year-old has been linked away from Newcastle United.

Crystal Palace's Yohan Cabaye in action with Newcastle's Cheick Tiote

The Sun has suggested that Newcastle United could keep Cheik Tiote to the final year of his contract unless a "very good offer" is submitted.

The 30-year-old's present deal expires next summer, and with Newcastle set for a spell in the Championship, it's been suggested that Tiote could be moved on to lower the wage bill.

Newcastle United's Cheick Tiote celebrates with Rolando Aarons

The Mail reported last week that French outfit Marseille were ready to pay £2.5 million for the Ivorian midfielder, but it remains to be seen if that materialises.

In fact, it remains to be seen if that matches Newcastle's valuation of the anchor man, with The Sun claiming that manager Rafael Benitez might keep him at the club if an excellent bid is not lodged.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

The Shields Gazette reported this week that Tiote was willing to leave the club.

Tiote joined Newcastle in 2010 but has managed a little over 30 Premier League appearances over the past two years.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez celebrates with Ismael Tiote at the end of the match

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