Newcastle United are set to finally part ways with troublesome midfielder Cheick Tiote in the coming days following reports that the Ivory Coast international has agreed personal terms with Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua.


According to the Guardian, Tiote will complete the transfer at some point next week. He is set to earn £70,000 per week in China.

A fee of around £8m was widely reported to have been agreed by the two clubs on Thursday. The deal will actually see Newcastle more than double their money on the player after an initial outlay of just £3.5m was all it took to bring Tiote to St James' Park in 2010.


Magpies head coach Steve McClaren has also since confirmed that a transfer is at an advanced stage, although he was clear to state that it's definitely not quite a 'done deal' just yet.


Speaking to the press on Friday afternoon, McClaren explained, "There's been an approach from a Chinese team and Cheick is currently on his way to meet them. Nothing has been finalised."

While Tiote was once an indispensible part of an Alan Pardew Newcastle team that had genuine top five ambitions, the 29-year-old has almost become more trouble than he's worth over the last couple of years.


Often injured and with question marks over his character, Tiote managed just 12 appearances in all competitions last season. So far in 2015/16 he's featured in fewer than half of Newcastle's Premier League games, starting just six times.

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His future place in the team has also been put under threat by the recent arrivals of Henri Saivet and Jonjo Shelvey from Bordeaux and Swansea respectively.


Tiote will leave Newcastle after 141 appearances for the club, with his only goal a memorable volley to equalise in an epic 4-4 draw with Arsenal back in 2011.


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