Newcastle went after Pappis Demba Cisse on the last day of the transfer window last week, when the other striker targets seemed out of reach.
Pappis Demba Cisse – a target in January?
But of course they were only out of reach because Newcastle refused to cough up the money for them, otherwise Newcastle would have had Turkish International Mevlut Erdinc on Tyneside from French club PSG, months ago.
But it seems the club are just not willing to pay even a little over the odds for any player, and it may be that their bid for Pappis Demba Cisse may be revived in January – we hope it will be revived in January.
From the comments of his club SC Freiburg last week, it would seem the German club would have been prepared to sell him, if only they had time to bring in a replacement, so the 26 year-old may still be an option for Newcastle when the window opens again on January 1st.
We really have no idea who will be the striker targets in January, and if Demba Ba and Leon Best do well for Newcastle before then, who knows, maybe the powers that be at the club (Ashley and LLambias), will say Newcastle don’t need another striker.
We wouldn’t put that past Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias, who seem to want to run the club on a shoestring.
Pappis Demba Cisse is saying he’s not too disappointed at still being at his German club:
“Staying on at Freiburg is no reason for me to feel frustrated,” “I am not looking back.”
“I am attempting to start every match in the same mood as I always do. I am trying to make sure the team is successful.”
From what we’ve seen of the targets Newcastle have gone after in the summer, this lad wouldn’t be a bad choice, although he could be the most expensive, and that would be a drawback, at least in the eyes of Mike Ashley.
We’re not sure if the Senegal International’s style is much different from that of Leon Best, Shola Ameobi and Demba Ba, his International team mate.
One reason we liked Erdinc, is that he plays in a different style to the three big strikers already on Tyneside, as does Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga.
So perhaps Newcastle will go after a striker that can add something different to what we already have on Tyneside, that would seem to make some sense.
And if that’s true, expect either Mevlut Erdinc or Modibo Maiga to arrive at Newcastle, hopefully very early in January.
What do you think?