Cheick Tiote is close to joining a club in the United Arab Emirates.
The Newcastle United midfielder has not travelled to Roots Hall with his team-mates for tonight's friendly against Southend United.
And Sky Sports report that Tiote is close to agreeing a £4million-a-year deal at Al Jazira Club in Abu Dhabi.
The Gazette understands that the 30-year-old is keen to make the move to the Middle East after six years at St James's Park.
However, Al Jazira Club are yet to agree a fee for the Ivory Coast international.
Tiote came close to joining Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua early this year, but the proposed £4million move broke down at the 11th hour.