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Cheik Tioté’s move from Newcastle to Shanghai Shenhua in jeopardy

• Ivory Coast international asked for increase on £60,000-a-week salary
• Newcastle still in negotiations over sighing Andros Townsend from Tottenham

Cheik Tioté’s mooted switch from Newcastle United to Shanghai Shenhua seems on the point of falling through after the Ivory Coast midfielder’s failure to agree personal terms.

Although the two clubs had agreed an £8m fee for a player now deemed surplus to requirements on Tyneside, Tioté’s wage demands are understood to have been rather steeper than Shanghai expected.

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