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Tiote hopes for Toon stay

February 9, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Newcastle United midfielder Cheik Tiote has revealed he hopes to stay on Tyneside amid rumours he has attracted interest from Manchester United.

Cheik Tiote
PA PhotosCheik Tiote has made 17 Premier League appearances for Newcastle this season.

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Tiote scored a memorable equaliser in Newcastle's stunning 4-4 draw with Arsenal on Saturday and has been one of the Magpies' most consistent players this season, having arrived at the club from FC Twente last summer.

And despite reoprted overtures from other Premier League clubs, the Ivory Coast international says he is confident his future is with Alan Pardew's side.

When asked if he would be staying at St. James' Park, Tiote told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle: "I hope so. These are exciting times for the club We have to work together if we want to go forward.

"We have to work as a team, it's not only about one player. I think Newcastle have many good players, and if we work together, it will be a good future."

Tiote has been a hit with the club's fans this season, but the 24-year-old knows he must keep working to maintain his impressive form.

"I'm happy," he said. "I'm enjoying it at Newcastle, and I have to keep working.There are still plenty of games for us to look forward to and win. Ben Arfa's coming back, and it's good for us. We need a striker. I am trying to prove to everyone what I can do."

Tiote may soon be joined at Newcastle by veteran Finnish striker Shefki Kuqi as the club look for a short-term replacement for the departed Andy Carroll.

The former Ipswich and Sheffield Wednesday striker is a free agent after his contract with Swansea City was terminated earlier in the season.