Two weeks ago Sporting Gijon contacted the agents of Cheick Tiote.

The La Liga side making an approach to find out what the player’s demands would be, if he is to be tempted away from St James Park.

Nothing followed on at the time from those post-Christmas transfer rumours but now Sporting Gijon’s director of football, Nico Rodríguez, has travelled to England to try and complete a deal for Cheick Tiote .

The Chronicle say that he flew into London on Monday (today) to talk to Tiote’s agent, with the hope of persuading the midfielder that playing in La Liga will be more attractive than more money elsewhere.

With Cheick Tiote having appeared perfectly happy to pick up his lucrative wage packet at Newcastle without playing any football (a rare start on Saturday in the FA Cup when he looked poor to very average, as well as not match fit), it is maybe a but unlikely that minnows Sporting Gijon will be able to satisfy the former Ivory Coast international.

Moves to both China and Turkey have already broken down reportedly due to excessive wage demands, so difficult to see the Spanish club succeeding.

Cheick Tiote turns 31 before his Newcastle contract ends in June and Sporting Gijon are currently fighting relegation in third bottom place, with only 12 points from 17 matches, losing 1-0 to Las Palmas on Saturday.

With a real risk of relegation and Spanish football finances so dire in the second tier, it looks all but impossible for Sporting Gijon to give Tiote a lucrative long-term deal, so would he be happy with a short-term less than lucrative one?

Newcastle United are reported to be happy to let the player go for nothing to get him off the wage bill, with Rafa Benitez set to add to his midfield options in the January transfer window.