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We've seen the transfers in, what about the outs?

Several Newcastle United players have been rumored to be on the way out of the club, either on loan or permanently. What progress is there on their rumored deals?

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Newcastle United have addressed several needs in the January window with the addition of more "McClaren-style" central midfielders, a young, British winger in the form of Andros Townsend and now the loan addition of Seydou Doumbia.  The moves (and current rumors such as the Ongoing Saga of the Transfer Of Saido Berahino) have set up several redundancies that have seen rumors of players on their way out.

Cheik Tiote has been the subject of a bid (said to be accepted by the club) from Shanghai Evergreen Shenhua and is said to desire a move away from Newcastle, but information on the move has been sparse at best over the last 10 days or so.  According to Miles Starforth of the Shields Gazette the move to Shenhua has broken down as Shenhua have added in the form of Fredy Guarin a player that can play the holding/defensive role that Tiote would play. There is no real hurry here as the Chinese transfer window doesn't close until late February.  From Starforth's piece this morning:

Two more clubs in China one of them understood to be Beijing Guoan are interested in signing the Ivory Coast international, who is looking for a fresh challenge away from St James's Park after five and a half years at United.

--Miles Starforth, Shields Gazette



(Follow Miles on the twitter! @milesstarforth

The moves that have been done have also made Yoan Gouffran and Emanuel Riviére at the very least mostly redundant.  Both have been connected with loan moves away today with Gouffran being rumored to be a loan target for Preston North End while Riviére was connected with Lille.  The talk regarding Gouffran has subsided as quickly as it had come up which means of course it's going to happen.  It makes sense for the player to go as McClaren's idea to play him in central midfield puts him way down the ranks, especially if Tiote is available while whichever move to China does or doesn't materialize.  Riviére, on the other hand, is not likely at all to see the Lille move occur as the French side have now loaned in former Newcastle target Eder from Swansea City.  There have also been rumors of interest from Frankfurt, but it seems likely that Newcastle will have Riviére for the rest of the year.

Surely Steve McClaren would prefer for some of the "fringe" players such as Gouff and Riviére to get some match action, but with depth at a premium in many places, I'm sure he's not going to complain too much if nothing materializes on this front.