Cheick Tiote’s agent has met officials from Trabzonspor over a potential move for the Newcastle midfielder, according to the Turkish media.

Turkish Super Lig broadcaster Lig TV say that the Turkish club, who finished fifth last season, have switched attention to Tiote after free agent Stephane Mbia’s wage demands proved too much.

Trabzonspor are looking to invest this summer as they eye the Champions League spots.

Tiote turned 29 on Sunday and just like 30 year old Papiss Cisse, my money is on Mike Ashley banking the cash if he can get an acceptable offer.

Increasingly injury prone and having made a number of appearances near the front of newspapers recently, rather than the rear, Cheick Tiote only started 10 Premier League matches last season.

There have been no public updates on his injury/recovery situation, with Tiote not having played since picking up a knee injury when away on African Cup of Nations duty in January.

With two years left on his contract and one of Newcastle’s biggest wage earners, I’m pretty sure most fans wouldn’t mind Tiote moving on, IF the transfer fee and saved wages are then added to what we all hope (though few of us expect) is a significant transfer kitty this summer.

The players are due back to pre season training in only eight days time and assuming no moves actually happen…

It will be interesting to see what state of fitness the likes of Tiote, Cisse and de Jong are in with only 17 days as well to the first pre season friendly.