Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote agrees terms with Turkish relegation battlers
Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has agreed terms with Kayserispor a source close to the Super Lig outfit told Turkish-Football.com.
Tiote has reached an agreement with the Super Lig outfit and is expected to sign for the club following his medical.
The players agent has been in Turkey holding talks with the Kayseri based club.
Tiote has been closely linked with a move to La Liga outfit Sporting Gijon and head coach Rafa Benitez recently confirmed that there has been a lot of interest in the Senegal midfielder.
Rafa Benitez was quoted by The Mag in his Brentford press conference as saying: “Cheick Tiote has a lot of clubs asking and now we have two or three who are really interested.”
Kayseri are also known as the Anatolian Stars and are based in central Turkey far away from the glitz and glamour of Istanbul and other major cities.
Kayserispor share the 32,864 seater Kadir Has stadium with city rivals Erciyesspor who are currently playing in the second-tier.
The Anatolian Stars have struggled this season and are currently in 16th place just one point above Adanaspor and Gaziantepspor who are tied at the foot of the table on 11 points.
Kayserispor have won just three times this season and have conceded the second most goals in the league (34).
Tiote was on the verge of joining Turkish giants Galatasaray over the summer and travelled to Istanbul for a medical.
The powerful defender failed his medical which resulted in the Lions abandoning the transfer and making a last ditch move for Nigel De Jong who joined from La Galaxy.
Tiote made just two appearances for Newcastle this season after falling out of favour with Benitez.
Joining Kayserispor would be a fall from grace for a player who has enjoyed stints at Anderlecht, FC Twente and Newcastle United.