Arsenal have also been linked with the Ivorian defensive midfielder, but the report claims United boss David Moyes is looking to spend a small portion of his budget a disruptive enforcer like Tiote.
The 27-year-old was often mentioned in transfer stories with top four clubs like United and Arsenal before last season's disappointing campaign with Newcastle.
The Ivory Coast international has seen his stock fall over the course of the past year, but it seems Moyes is keen considering the relatively low price.
Tiote is reportedly available for around £6m - a figure that would not make too much of a dent in United's transfer budget for the rest of the winter window.
Following the £27.5m acquisition of Marouane Fellaini on the final day of the summer window, it remains unlikely that United will spend a similarly hefty fee on another central midfielder.
Instead, Moyes may look to spend a small fee strengthening a specific area - defensive midfield - freeing him up to explore the availability of other, more expensive targets.
The report claims Moyes came close to signing Tiote for Everton, and he'll reportedly go back in for him as United boss in January.
Newcastle don't want to lose him though, and fought hard to keep hold of Arsenal target Yohan Cabaye over the summer. The fact he's under contract until 2017 plays into Pardew's hands as well.
The Gunners have lacked a defensive midfielder since the departure of Alex Song to Barcelona.