Arsenal join transfer hunt for £8million Newcastle United star Cheick Tiote

Arsenal are interested in Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote amid growing suggestions that he is on his way out of St James’ Park.

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Tiote has become unsettled with life at Newcastle in recent months and reports over the weekend claimed his agent is listening to other offers.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a long-term admirer of the player and the Daily Express says the Frenchman is considering making a move.

Arsenal are on the lookout for a strong defensive midfielder who can play centre back, and 28-year-old Tiote offers that along with bags of Premier League experience.

Newcastle are thought to want about £8million for the player and would prefer to sell him abroad, where two Russian clubs are said to be keen.