The end is nigh for Cheick Tiote at St James Park, with a move to Spain set to happen by the end of this week.

Nico Rodriguez, Sporting Director of Sporting Gijon, arrived back in Spain after talks with Cheick Tiote’s representatives.

Before any deal can happen, the midfielder has to agree his release from Newcastle United, though that looks a formality as Newcastle will be more than happy to get a player off the wage bill who Rafa Benitez has no use for.

Sporting Gijon are battling relegation and are third bottom of La Liga with 12 points, local (to Sporting Gijon) publication La Nueva Espana say that the Spanish club are hoping Cheick Tiote could even be available to play in Sunday’s home match with Eibar.

The newspaper say that Sporting Gijon are keen now to get the deal concluded, as their relegation rivals Leganes (fifth bottom with 16 points) are also interested in taking the Newcastle midfielder to La Liga.

With previous moves to Turkish and Chinese clubs breaking down due to not being able to meet Tiote’s wage demands, nothing can be taken for granted, with the player getting his huge Premier League level wages for doing nothing at the minute.

No surprise maybe to see Cheick Tiote look to take a short-term move until the end of the season, if Newcastle let his release from his contract go smoothly, then look for a more lucrative club/deal in the summer if he proves his fitness/form in La Liga.

La Nueva Espana:

‘Sporting (Gijon) hopes to announce some news regarding the arrival of signings before the end of the week.

The negotiation for the arrival of midfielder Cheick Tiote has made significant progress and there is quiet optimism about the possibility that the player can become the midfielder requested by (Sporting Gijon boss) Abelardo.

The negotiations continue without a conclusion (so far), but if no unforeseen event arises, both parties are close to sealing the agreement.

Firstly, the Ivorian must agree his release from Newcastle, with who he has a contract until the end of the season.

Nico Rodríguez, Sporting Director of Sporting, returned yesterday (Wednesday) to Mareo after his trip to England.

The club has tried to move with discretion as the player is wanted by other players (clubs). Among them, Leganes. The intention is for it to be concluded, in one way or another, before Sunday.

Rafa Benitez, coach of the English team, aims to strengthen the centre of the pitch, and the replacement of Tiote is about to materialise.

The hope is that the player can clear his future as soon as possible and thus reach Gijon with options to be available for the important game on Sunday against Eibar.’