Cheick Tiote Fails Medical At Turkish Club Galatasaray

Cheick Tiote Fails Medical At Turkish Club Galatasaray

Cote D’Ivoire midfield bruiser Cheick Tiote has failed a medical ahead of his proposed transfer to Turkish club Galatasaray from English Championship outfit Newcastle United, leaving him stuck at the English club.

The deal was supposed to be worth $2 million to Newcastle, according to the Daily Mail, but complications related to his medical exam at the Turkish giants have thrown a spanner in the works.

The 30-year-old has been seeking a move away from Newcastle, who were relegated from the English Premier League last season, and with Wednesday night’s transfer deadline looming, the player and his agent are left with little time to find a new club.

Tiote made the trip to Istanbul on Sunday to complete the move, but an issue with his medical report regarding a problem with his left lateral meniscus meant that the move was immediately cancelled, according to ChronicleLive.

The Ivorian has been a key player for the North East club for the last six years, making over 150 appearances in the famous black and white stripped kit since joining the side from FC Twente in the Netherlands in 2010.

Cheik Tiote needs to move fast to secure his future

Before the move fell through at the last hurdle, Tiote was seen welcomed at the Istanbul airport by a gathering of Galatasaray fans, and he will be disappointed that the transfer has collapsed.

The Cote D’Ivoire midfielder will have to consider other options in the United Arab Emirates, China and Russia, but with very little time left and a contract tying him to Newcastle if he is not able to find a new club in the next two days, Tiote will need to move fast on his future plans.

The veteran holding midfielder was part of the title-winning Cote D’Ivoire national team that emerged successful from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

He has earned over 50 caps for the national team, and will be aiming to take part in the squad’s AFCON title defence in Gabon early next year. That fact is further motivation for him to find a club side where he will be able to get plenty game time while impressing national team selectors.