Report: Napoli eye Newcastle United's Cheick Tiote in January

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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Napoli are preparing a £12m January bid for Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote, according to reports.

Napoli are reportedly weighing up a £12m bid for Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote in January.

Manager Rafael Benitez is said to be a fan of the tough-tackling 28-year-old and will look to add the Ivorian to his ranks in the winter, according to The Mirror.

However, Magpies boss Alan Pardew is said to value Tiote - whose contract expires in 2017 - closer to the £16m mark and would be reluctant to lose him.

Tiote is believed to be earning roughly £45,000 per week at St James' Park, but the report goes on to claim that the Serie A giants would table an £80,000-a-week deal to persuade him to move to Italy.

Earlier this morning, it was reported that Newcastle were poised to hijack Celtic's move for Lassana Diarra, who operates in a similar position to Tiote.

Anzhi Makhachkala's French midfielder Lassana Diarra walks on the pitch during the UEFA Europa League football match between Udinese Calcio and FC Anzhi Makhachkala at Udine's 'Friuli' comunal stadium on September 20, 2012
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