Cheick Tiote could be on his way back to Tyneside after Shanghai Shenhua refused to significantly raise his Newcastle United £60,000 a week wages.

The Guardian say that the Ivory Coast international passed his medical but then stunned the Chinese club with his wage demands.

The transfer fee had already been agreed between the two clubs, though with various media claims of that being anything between £4m and £8m.

The report says that there is still some faint hope of a deal being done but that Cheick Tiote is angling for a move to the Middle East instead and is prepared to travel back to Tyneside with nothing agreed.

Cheick Tiote turns 30 in June and has 18 months left on his Newcastle contract, with surely any failure to get him out in this window not doing the chances of further incoming transfers any good.

With only 17 Premier League starts in the last 20 months and shortly turning 30, the idea that £3m a year isn’t enough for a player who doesn’t score or create goals and looks increasingly injury prone…

It is all a bit mad and going to get far far worse in England as well, as the all new Premier League tv deals will only help fuel ever higher and ridiculous wage demands for very average players, many of who will rarely even play.

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