Al Jazira’s move for Cheick Tiote is in doubt after Newcastle United rejected their initial offer, believed to be around £800,000 (Dh3.87 million).
The Abu Dhabi club bid for the Ivorian midfielder this week, with the deal expected to go through after Tiote was omitted from Newcastle’s squad for the pre-season friendly against Southend on Tuesday. The player, who almost moved to the Chinese Super League in January, is keen on continuing his career at Jazira. He has one year remaining on his contract.
However, the clubs have failed to agree a fee, with some reports claiming Newcastle rate Tiote at closer to £4 million. Yet the two parties’ valuations are nowhere near as far apart.
Should Jazira and Newcastle strike a deal for Tiote, 30, the current President’s Cup holders will acquire a midfielder of considerable experience. Since joining Newcastle from FC Twente in 2010, he has made 153 appearances for the English club, scoring once. Last season, Tiote featured 20 times in the Premier League as Newcastle were relegated.
Via: The National