Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote could continue on Tyneside after Greek giants Olympiacos backed out of a deal to sign him.

The 30-year-old midfielder is yet to feature in Rafael Benitez’s side this season, and has been looking to leave the club all summer following Newcastle’s relegation from the Premier League.

Two unnamed Russian clubs have been linked with a move for Tiote, but there were suggestions that Olympiacos are the favourites to land him and are pushing to take him to Greece.

However, the saga has taken a new twist in recent hours as according to the Shields Gazette, the Greek giants have pulled out of a deal to sign the Newcastle United midfielder.

And if the interest from the two Russian clubs doesn’t materialise into something concrete in the next few hours, Tiote could remain a Newcastle United player until at least January.  


The 30-year-old has been reluctant to play second tier football with Newcastle, but could be forced to do so if his suitors fail to make any decisive moves soon.

Tiote has made 153 appearances for the club since joining from FC Twente in 2010 and his current contract with Newcastle expires at the end of this season.