According to the Daily Mirror, Cheick Tiote is in Qatar trying to find a new club.
His transfer tribuations were well documented on the back pages of the local, national and international media. Reports from Turkey suggested that he failed a medical at Galatasaray. They baffled Newcastle staff and were quickly amended to a failure to agree terms. The only fact which mattered was that he didn’t sign for them.
With transfer windows around the world closing until the New Year, the midfielder is running out of options with the paper suggesting that the Qatar Stars League is one of his few remaining destinations. That’s the loosest definition of the word ‘Star’ you will ever read.
It seems unlikely that the Ivory Coast midfielder will get a look-in despite Rafa Benitez’s platitudes. With four or five ahead of him in the queue, including new arrivals Isaac Hayden and Grant Hanley, it seems the only way he will get into the first team is through serious injury problems suffered by others.