Newcastle United has confirmed that Cheick Tiote has joined Chinese second-tier side Beijing Enterprises for an undisclosed fee.
The deal was formally completed on 9 February, bringing an end to the Ivorian midfielder’s six-and-a-half-year Newcastle career.
Arriving from FC Twente in August 2010, Tiote made 156 appearances for the Magpies.
Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren says that negotiations are 'still ongoing' over Cheick Tiote's proposed move to Shanghi Shenhua.
McClaren confirmed last week that the Ivorian midfielder had travelled to Asia for talks with the Chinese Super League club. But the 29-year-old is now back on Tyneside, leading to speculation that the potential deal had fallen through.
However, speaking ahead of Newcastle's trip to Watford this weekend, McClaren said he still expected Tiote to complete the move.
Newcastle United lost to Manchester City at St James' Park this afternoon. The Magpies had a goal from Cheick Tiote controversially disallowed.
Newcastle United midfielder, Cheick Tiote, made a brief appearance at Newcastle Crown Court this morning.
The 27-year-old Ivory Coast international is charged with fraud and 3 other driving-related offences.
He's accused of using a false document as a form of ID "to establish personal information" about himself in December. He's also charged with committing fraud by using the allegedly false document to get a UK licence, also in December.
In addition, he is accused of making a false statement to obtain insurance in September 2011 by allegedly claiming that he held a full driving licence without endorsements and further charged with driving his Chevrolet in February without a licence or insurance.
He is due to formally enter a plea when he next appears in court in September and was granted unconditional bail.
Born in Ivory Coast, Tiote moved to Belgian club Anderlecht in 2005, and won his reputation as a tough-tackling midfielder with Dutch side FC Twente before signing for Newcastle in 2010.
There has been more unwelcome headlines for Newcastle United after its midfielder Cheick Tiote appeared in court today charged with fraud and a string of other driving related offences.
The club paid millions for the Ivory Coast international's services, but he could potentially face prison if he's found guilty.
You can watch the full report from Gregg Easteal below.
The Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has appeared in court charged with using a false Belgian driving licence and four other offences.
The Ivory Coast star, who turned 27 today, is accused of using the allegedly false document as a form of ID "to establish personal information" about himself in December.
Among the other charges he faces is committing fraud by using the allegedly false document to get a UK licence and driving his car without a licence or insurance.
No pleas were entered.
Mr Tiote was granted unconditional bail and will appear at Newcastle Crown Court in July.
Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has appeared in court charged with fraud and a string of other driving related offences.
The 27-year-old is accused of falsely claiming he had a geniune Belgian driving licence in order to get a UK licence.
He has also been charged with possessing a fake Belgian licence, making a false statement to obtain insurance and driving without a licence and insurance.
Magistrates have transferred the case to the Crown Court, where he is now due to appear early next month.
The player was granted unconditional bail.