Magpies to land Tiote

Ivory Coast star to join subject to work permit

Tiote: Joining Magpies

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Newcastle United have confirmed they have agreed a deal with FC Twente for Ivory Coast international Cheick Tiote.

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The 24-year-old had been wanted by rivals West Brom, who tabled a £3million offer for his services earlier this week.

However, Newcastle are set to secure his signature after he agreed terms and successfully passed a medical on Tyneside.

The move is now subject to The Magpies being granted a work permit for the African star.

Tiote began his professional career with Belgian side Anderlecht, had a loan spell with Roda, before moving to Twente in 2008.

He will become the club's fourth signing this summer following the arrivals of Sol Campbell, James Perch and Dan Gosling.