Lokomotiv Moscow 'join race to sign Arsenal target Cheick Tiote'

Newcastle's Cheick Tiote and Arsenal's Jack Wilshere battle for the ball during their Premier League match on December 29, 2013
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Arsenal reportedly face competition for the services of Newcastle United's Cheick Tiote from cash-rich Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow.

Lokomotiv Moscow have allegedly tabled a bid for Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote.

The offer is said to have been rejected, but could force Arsenal's hand, as the Gunners have also been linked with the Frenchman.

Reports in Russia suggest that Lokomotiv are ready to return with an improved offer to pip Arsene Wenger's side to the player, according to the Daily Star.

The Ivorian was the subject of interest from a number of clubs last summer, with the Magpies believed to be quoting £30m for his services.

However, more recent reports suggest that a spree of injuries have seen his value drop to around £8m.

Cheik Tiote of Newcastle United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium on August 19, 2013
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