Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Time's Come for Tiote to Cheick out - and Quick

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Time's Come for Tiote to Cheick out - and Quick

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Byline: JOHNGIBSON

RAFA'S great clear-out was almost complete.

There they were filing through the door marked exit in a nice long queue... Moussa Sissoko, Gini Wijnaldum, Daryl Janmaat, Papiss Cisse, Steven Taylor.

The old guard jettisoned to make way for those commissioned to gain promotion from the Championship.

All except one that is. Cheick Tiote remains, unsatisfied by the proposed moves offered up.

He flew to China way back in the January window of opportunity and failed to nail down a deal.

He went to Turkey, to Galatasaray, this last time and returned with the confusing suggestion that he had failed a medical.

Thus last week's transfer deadline passed with Tiote still tied up in the Tyne and turning his gaze towards Qatar, one of the rest homes for rapidly fading stars where the window remains open until the end of the month.

Obviously Tiote is looking for his last big pay day to take him towards retirement and, frankly, it will be better for all concerned if he finds it as quickly as possible. …

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