Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren has confirmed that midfielder Cheick Tiote has travelled to China to discuss a proposed move to Shanghai Shenhua.
Reports on Friday suggested an £8million fee had been agreed for the Ivory Coast midfielder but while unveiling new midfield signings Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saviet, McClaren suggested a deal was not yet complete.
McClaren said: “There’s an approach from a Chinese team and Cheick is currently on his way to meet them.
“There’s no agreement, nothing has been finalised, nothing has been agreed, the player is just going out there to have a chat with them and see how that ends up.”
As a result, Tiote will not be in the squad for the West Ham game on Saturday, unlike Florian Thauvin, who is available for selection despite suggestions he could rejoin Marseille on loan after failing to settle on Tyneside.
But Holland international Siem De Jong will be missing for up to two weeks after suffering an eye injury, which required hospital treatment, in training.