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Cheick Tiote has shrugged off claims that he was a "bad egg" in the Newcastle dressing room as he attempts to rejuvenate his career on Tyneside.
The 29-year-old Ivory Coast international midfielder is back in the team after finally recovering from a long-standing knee injury and is working hard to rediscover his early form for the Magpies, which at one point saw him linked with both Arsenal and Manchester United.
However, he returned having been accused in some media quarters of being an unsettling influence within the camp, something flatly denied by head coach Steve McClaren.
Tiote told the Chronicle: "It didn't affect me, I know myself that I didn't do anything bad. Everybody at the club and my partner knows that.
"I just do my best for the team, that is the most important thing. All I want is to see the team go forward and win games."
Victor Valdes' difficult spell at Manchester United is set to end in January, according to his agent.
The ex-Barcelona goalkeeper has only made two appearances since joining the Red Devils in January after recovering from knee surgery.
Valdes has had a strained relationship with United manager Louis van Gaal and was not given a squad number for the 2015-16 campaign.
When asked about Valdes' future, his agent Gines Carvajal said to Radio Marca: "He'll have a chance (to play) in January, wherever he goes.
"He needs to go to a place he feels is right for him."
Carvajal does not envision the 33-year-old Spaniard returning to his home country to play.
"He won't be coming to Spain, unless he decides otherwise," he said.
Valdes, a Euro 2012 winner with Spain, becomes a free agent next summer.
He is a reported target of Newcastle United, who are looking to strengthen their backline after losing their first-choice goalkeeper Tim Krul to a serious knee injury at the weekend.
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Striker Papiss Cisse remains committed to Newcastle amid continuing speculation over his future on Tyneside.
The 30-year-old Senegal international, who scored his 35th Barclays Premier League goal for the club in Sunday's 2-2 draw with Southampton, has been linked with Turkish duo Trabzonspor and Fenerbahce, as well as clubs in China and the Middle East, this summer amid the Magpies' ongoing interest in QPR frontman Charlie Austin.
However, he insists he is focused only on scoring goals in a black and white shirt as the transfer window enters its final few weeks.
Cisse told the Chronicle: "I have a contract at Newcastle United. I need to be professional every time I play. I don't have a team to leave to.
"I am a Newcastle player. I try to work hard in every game I get."
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Newcastle have settled on a fee with Anderlecht for Chancel Mbemba, who has agreed personal terms and passed his medical.
But the Magpies must wait until Thursday 30th July for confirmation the defender has been granted a work permit by the FA.
Mbemba has represented DR Congo 17 times and won the Belgian Pro League with Anderlecht in 2013/14.
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Newcastle are expected to make Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic their next summer signing.
Following the deal to bring Georginio Wijnaldum to St James' Park from PSV Eindhoven, manager Steve McClaren has turned to 20-year-old Serbian Mitrovic to strengthen his attack.
McClaren, quoted by the Chronicle while on Newcastle's United States tour, said of transfer dealings: "We are very close to something. There is a lot of speculation and pre-empting of decisions.
"But certainly from the feedback back home they are working very hard to bring one or two players back in."
Mitrovic was pictured by Sky Sports News arriving on Tyneside on Sunday.
On Saturday, Mitrovic wrote on his Facebook page: "It's over! Again in black and white :)) Thank you RSC Anderlecht ! Thank you for everything!"
The reference to black and white reflects the colours of Partizan Belgrade, his former club, and Newcastle.