Newcastle’s Cheik Tiote has told a magazine in Ivory Coast that he wishes to leave his current club, according to the SunderlandEcho.
The tentative midfielder claims he no longer wishes to play for Newcastle United, and is seeking a new challenge.
The Ivory Coast international joined Newcastle from Dutch side Twente for £3.5 Million back in 2010, and has gone on to make over 100 appearances for the Northern club.
The 28 year-old has been linked with Arsenal previously, but no such move materialised, and Tiote is thought to be keen for their interest to be revived in January.
The Ivorian magazine claims he said: “I want to leave. I’ve spent four years with Newcastle. I think I have reached a stage where it’s maybe time for me to look elsewhere for a new challenge.
“I will focus on upcoming games and let’s see what happens between now and December.
“It is true there were contacts for me from Arsenal and a club in Russia. I’d prefer to stay in England.”
The Ivory Coast man is set to join up with his International team in January for the African Nations Cup, where they hope to go one step further following their loss in the last final on penalties to Zambia.
Tiote is currently under contract until 2017, and Newcastle have yet to comment on the players availability following his comments with the press.