Newcastle United are keen to fend off interest from China for midfielder Chieck Tiote after a controlled performance at St. James’ Park against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
Tiote looked destined to depart Tyneside with Shanghai Shenhua happy to pay £8 million for his services and although a deal could not be struck while the English transfer market is open over in China they have another three weeks to sign players allowing Tiote a late move should he wish to take on a new challenge according to the Mirror.
Steve McClaren paired Tiote with Jonjo Shelvey in midfield against the Baggies and while the former Swansea City man will take plaudits for his range of passing Tiote was seen as an unsung hero with simple passing and controlled football.
After a big spending January McClaren will be pleased to see Newcastle get an important victory over West Brom which saw Newcastle nullify Albion to not a single shot on target despite having a mix and match back four on show and the Ivory Coast international played a large part in keeping Tony Pulis’ men at bay.
He also felt hard done by to have a first half attempt ruled out for offside as Ben Foster’s vision was blocked by Aleksandar Mitrovic who was standing in an offside position.
The Chinese market closes at the end of this month and Steve McClaren has made it known to the 29-year-old he is a valued member of the Newcastle squad, but will that be enough to keep him in the North East?