There is report in Kicker magazine that Newcastle failed to sign 26 year-old Papiss Cisse last Wednesday afternoon for two major reasons.
Papiss Demba Cisse – Newcastle should go after him now
One reason was the bid was too low, and the other was that the bid was far too late, and it gave no time to allow Freiburg to get in a suitable replacement.
But we think it was a panic move by Newcastle, because other targets were not coming through as expected, like the bid for Modibo Maiga, which seems to have been the one that came closest to completion, until Sochaux inexplicably pulled the plug on Wednesday afternoon.
Sporting Club Freiburg’s Director Dirk Dufner said that it was true that Newcastle tried to buy their star striker last Wednesday, but the move was so late that it just didn’t give the German side enough time to find a replacement
The offer was £7M and that was about half of what Freiburg had valued their striker at, so they were not too impressed with the offer from the Tyneside club in the first place.
This is what Dirk Dyufner said to Kicker magazine:
“For starters, Newcastle United’s offer was not high enough in our opinion and secondly, it was impossible for us to adequately deal with his departure so soon before the transfer window closed,”
The 26-year-old agreed to join Freiburg from French club FC Metz in late December of 2009 for around £1.3M, and has done really well at the German club hitting 34 goals in only 53 appearances, and he would seem to be an excellent target for Newcastle.
Cisse has a contract with Freiburg until the summer of 2014 and this season he has already scored 4 goals in his three appearances.
If Newcastle have any sense they could get into negotiations right now for the player, agree a fee and terms for the player, and that would allow SC Freiburg to look for a suitable replacement before the new year, and then the deal to bring Cisse to Newcastle could be carried out in early January.
That’s if Newcastle have any sense.
But Newcastle have gone quite a way in various negotiations for some good players this summer, and it’s not unrealistic to think they could get deals agreed in the next few weeks and have them close in early January.
We hope that’s just exactly what happens, and that it includes bringing Papiss Dembe Cisse to Tyneside.
The club messed up late in the transfer window, there’s no doubt about that, but they could make up for that with a couple or three great signings in January,
What do you think?