Cheick Tiote set to leave Newcastle for £4m-a-year deal in Abu Dhabi

Cheick Tiote and Rafa Benitez
Cheick Tiote and Rafa Benitez

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.