Earlier on Tuesday morning we brought you claims from China that Cheick Tiote had at long last completed his transfer away from Newcastle United.
No confirmation from Newcastle United as yet but widespread reports in both the English and Chinese media are saying that the deal has gone through.
Monday saw Sky Sports claim that Shandong Luneng had agreed a move and that after his medical, Tiote would be meeting up again with Papiss Cisse.
However, it turns out that instead Cheick Tiote is linking up with Chinese second division club Beijing Enterprises FC, with claims that it is a two year deal that has been agreed.
As you can see above, the (now former) Newcastle midfielder is ecstatic with the transfer…
Beijing Enterprises FC finished eighth in the Chinese second tier last season and don’t have any recognisable names in their squad, the most ‘famous’ overseas players of the past appear to be Lucian Goian, a Romanian defender, and Danko Lazovic, a Serbian striker.
Founded originally as Beijing Baxy FC in 2004, on Christmas Day 2014, Beijing Enterprises Holdings Limited bought the club and changed the name to Beijing Enterprises, they also changed the club’s badge and home kit from all white to blue and red.
If indeed this is the player’s new club, then it will be a fitting end to what has been an embarrassing couple of years, as Cheick Tiote has been holding on for his pot of gold move and rejected a number of clubs who didn’t offer the right money. Preferring to hang on at Newcastle and pick up Premier League level wages whilst playing very little football to earn it.
In six and a half years, Tiote only started 129 league matches and scored that solitary Premier League goal against Arsenal.
Only 15 minutes of Championship action this season when looking way off the pace against Aston Villa, plus two very poor FA Cup run outs against Birmingham, the midfielder picked up a phenomenal 52 yellows (and 1 red) in those 129 league starts (plus 10 as a sub).