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Tiote signs new Toon deal

Newcastle United have confirmed that midfielder Cheik Tiote has signed a new six-and-a-half year contract with the club, worth a reported £50,000-a-week.

Tiote only joined the club in the summer for a fee in the region of £3.5 million from Dutch side FC Twente, but he has impressed with his all-action displays in the middle of the park.

The 24-year-old's new deal now carries through to the end of the 2017 season, and manager Alan Pardew is delighted to have concluded negotiations.

"Cheik has been immense for us this season and is exactly the type of player I want in my squad," Pardew said. "He is fantastic on the pitch and in the changing room and is vital for everything we want to achieve.

"Cheik offers us strength and presence in midfield and has proved himself to be one of the best in his position in the Premier League. He's adapted brilliantly to the English game and I'm delighted he's signed a new deal with us."

Having relished his first six months in English football, Tiote was more than happy to commit his long-term future to the St James' Park club.

"The experience of playing in the Premier League has been better than I ever hoped it could be," Tiote said. "This is a great club and the fans have been brilliant - I have never known support like it."

Tiote has made 19 league appearances for the Magpies this season, scoring one goal - a 25-yard volley to help his side grab a stunning 4-4 draw with Arsenal at the start of February.

The news of Tiote's contract was swiftly followed by an announcement on Friday morning that assistant manager John Carver has signed a new five-and-a-half-year deal.

Carver, who served at Sir Bobby Robson's number two at St James' Park, returned to the club on a short-term deal in January.

"It is great to get this sorted," Carver said. "It was right for the manager to give me a short-term deal at the time because I didn't know him and a lot of the players had changed too.

"But it's been a great month or so, and when he gave me the long-term deal I was delighted. I've been around the world over the last few years and need to settle down now, and where better than my hometown club?"

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