Rafa Benitez has once again been talking about the situation with Cheick Tiote.

Ahead of the League Cup match with Wolves tonight, despite being expected to make numerous changes to his team, Rafa has confirmed that Tiote won’t be one of those that comes in.

Instead, the United boss has stated that the club are still trying to facilitate a move out of St James Park for the midfielder.

With now just over nine months of his Newcastle contract remaining, Cheick Tiote has seen moves to China, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, reportedly all fall down because his wage demands were too excessive.

Rafa is putting a brave face on it but obviously he sees the Ivory Coast international as surplus to requirements, despite claiming that if he can’t shift the player in ‘the next few days and weeks…we will have to do something with him because he is someone I like’.

At the moment there are still 20 different transfer windows still to close (see full list below) but realistically probably only one that looks a possible.

Syria would be a tough sell at the moment to any player, whilst San Marino only has one more day remaining…

The UAE has until 20 October 2016, so still 30 more days are possible for this mess to drag on.

If we did reach the end of that UAE window with nothing happening, it would then be only a couple of months before the January window would be opening up for most other destinations.

Having reached this point, whilst Cheick Tiote may still well land more millions from another club, it looks as though Newcastle United will have to adjust their expectations to a relatively nominal sum to get his salary off the wage bill.

Rafa Benitez speaking to the Shields Gazette:

“Cheick will not be involved in this (Wolves) game, but I am pleased with him.

“He knows this is still a time where we are waiting a little bit to see what happens.

“He has been training well but we haven’t thought about him for this game.

“He will get a chance if nothing happens in the next few days and weeks. If nothing happens, we will have to do something with him because he is someone I like.

“If we have some information that clubs are interested, then we will analyse that.

“If not, he is a player that can give us experience.”

Transfer window closures as listed by Transfermarkt:

San Marino Sep 21 2016 (Open for 1 more days)

Uganda Sep 21 2016 (Open for 1 more days)

Bolivia Sep 22 2016 (Open for 2 more days)

Eritrea Sep 22 2016 (Open for 2 more days)

Qatar Sep 22 2016 (Open for 2 more days

Saudi Arabia Sep 22 2016 (Open for 2 more days)

Oman Sep 24 2016 (Open for 4 more days)

Argentina Sep 25 2016 (Open for 5 more days)

Hong Kong Sep 26 2016 (Open for 6 more days)

St. Lucia Sep 29 2016 (Open for 9 more days)

Costa Rica Sep 30 2016 (Open for 10 more days)

Swaziland Sep 30 2016 (Open for 10 more days)

Syria Oct 5 2016  (Open for 15 more days)

Guatemala Oct 12 2016 (Open for 22 more days)

DR Congo Oct 19 2016 (Open for 29 more days)

United Arab Emirates Oct 20 2016 (Open for 30 more days)

Burkina Faso  Oct 28 2016 (Open for 38 more days)

Liberia Oct 29 2016 (Open for 39 more days)

Mauritania Oct 31 2016 (Open for 41 more days)

Anguilla Oct 31 2016 (Open for 41 more days)