Cheik Tiote completes switch to Newcastle

27 August 2010 03:36
Done deal: Cheik Tiote has signed for Newcastle[LNB]Ivory Coast international Cheik Tiote cannot wait to get started after sealing his switch to Newcastle.[LNB]The midfielder has formally completed his move from Dutch side FC Twente after being granted a work permit.[LNB]He is yet to join up with his new team-mates and is expected to be on international duty next week, but could be available for Blackpool's visit to St James' Park on September 14.[LNB]Tiote said: 'I'm really looking forward to testing myself against the best that the Premier League has to offer, and delighted also that I will be up against friends and colleagues from my home country who are already playing in England.[LNB]'This is a really proud moment for me and I can't wait to pull on the black and white shirt and do my best to help Newcastle United have a successful season.'[LNB]Newcastle boss Chris Hughton added: 'Cheik is a terrific signing for us and I am sure he will prove to be an excellent addition to the squad.[LNB]'He has a first-class pedigree and I think his game is well suited to the Premier League.[LNB]'He did well with the Ivory Coast in the World Cup and is just reaching an age where his best years are now ahead of him.'[LNB] Newcastle boss Chris Hughton still keen on keeping transfer-listed defender Steven Taylor Newcastle step up the chase for Portsmouth striker John UtakaNEWCASTLE FC

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