The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

CHEICK Tiote looks set to make a choice be­tween Spain and China as he edges closer to the exit at New­cas­tle United.

The 30-year-old Ivo­rian mid­fielder is out of con­tract in the sum­mer, with La Liga side Sport­ing Gi­jon at­tempt­ing to sign him this month.

A pro­posed move to Chi­nese Su­per League side Shang­hai Shen­hua broke down a year ago, but Tiote is still eye­ing a po­ten­tial move to the Far East.

“I've said be­fore we've had a lot of clubs ask­ing about him,” ex­plained Mag­pies boss Rafa Ben­itez. “Two or three are re­ally in­ter­ested. We need to find the best so­lu­tion.”

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