Newcastle boss Steve McClaren has urged the club to resist any lucrative overtures emanating out of China for midfielder Cheick Tiote, report the Shields Gazette.
The 29-year old had been set for a move to Shanghai Shenhua earlier this month, though a £4m deal collapsed.
Now back into the side, the Ivorian made an impressive return to the first-team fold recently.
After nearly a month out, he was crucial in the win over West Bromwich Albion, having a stunning goal disallowed due to an offside.
With the North East giants still seriously threatened by the prospect of relegation, the former England boss is eager to retain the services of his holding midfielder.
“He just showed his value. He played well before he left, came back, only had a few days training and did very well”, stated McClaren.
”He will get better.”
When asked if he would like to keep the former FC Twente man at St. James’ Park, he replied, ”I hope so.”
”I’m certainly recommending that.”