Newcastle fans are upset with the club right now for not not bringing in a top striker over the summer.
Pappa Demba Cisse – Newcastle were too late
But it seems that Newcastle’s name is still big with players, and news today that Freiburg striker Pappa Cisse was interested in moving to Newcastle on Wednesday night, but he thinks the Magpies’ bid was made too late.
Alan Pardew is understood to be angry and frustrated there is no new striker at the club, after he had told the fans to judge the club on September 1st, after promising a new top striker all summer.
It’s a similar situation to the last transfer window, when Alan kept saying Andy Carroll was going nowhere, until Mike Ashley sold him on January 31st.
The 26 year-old Senegal striker would be a great acquisition for Newcastle, and we wonder if Newcastle will return for him in January?
But don’t expect much business to be done in January, especially if the team performs well in the next four months, since Ashley seems to want to run the club on a shoestring, and just keep them in the Premier League with the minimum of spending.
A bit like the way the smaller clubs like Wigan and Bolton are run.
How’s that for ambition?
This is what the 26 year-old Freiburg striker said about the Newcastle move for him:
“I wanted to leave. Honestly, I wanted to leave, but hey, the transfer window is over. I have a contract with Freiburg.”
“I do not want to provoke a clash with my club. I wait for the right time. For example, Newcastle had put in 12 million euros. But they arrived too late.”
The news was that SC Freiburg wanted £15M for Pappa Cissee, so Newcastle were close to that figure, but of course they just will not pay out the extra few millions to cement a deal.
And that has to be frustrating when they have over £35M to spend, and Liverpool seem to have massively overpaid for Carroll, who cannot get a starting place at Liverpool right now, and wasn’t even on the bench for England last night.
We don’t know what Newcastle will do in January, but not much if the lads are fairly safe in the league by then.