Well, would you believe it, a Newcastle striker target on the last day of the transfer window, Papiss Demba Cisse, has just signed a big new deal at his German club, SC Freiburg.
Papiss Demba Cisse – would be great at Newcastle
But that could be a good move by the Freiburg club, because in today’s market it almost guarantees they will get the full transfer value of their striker, if he should be sold in January or next summer.
As players run down their deals at clubs, they tend to become cheaper in the transfer market, as they approach the time when their contract runs out and they become free agents.
Papiss had a great season in Germany last season, and hit an impressive 24 goals in only 34 appearances for the German club,
But Freiburg could want up to £12M for the striker, and we think owner Mike Ashley would not be willing to pay that amount, even though we got £35M for big Andy Carroll in January.
Cisse has also made a great start to this season, scoring 5 goals in just six appearances so far, so since Cisse has been at Freiburg, whom he joined from FC Metz back early last year, the Senegal striker has hit 35 goals in just 56 appearances for the Bundesliga club – a very good goal scoring record indeed, and in a top league too.
Freiburg Sports Director Dirk Dufner has this to say:
“After many conversations we have found a good solution for both sides.” “He is now at the top of our structure. For us it was extremely important that he stays with us for another year.”
Cisse is now the club’s top wage earner, but Freiburg have also said that they would be willing to sell Cisse next summer, if they get offers that are close to what they value him at, which is though to be around £12M.
But of course by then Newcastle may have already signed the striker they need. Newcastle fans are hoping that Mike Ashley and the powers that be at Newcastle, will bring in a striker early in the January transfer window, and way before the deadline hour on January 31st, and that player could be Sochaux’s Modibo Maiga.
Of course, it’s always much more difficult for a player to produce immediately, when he arrives in January, because the player does not have the benefit of a pre-season, and sometimes they don’t do well until the following season, and Kevin Nolan is a great example of that.
London clubs Arsenal and Fulham have also been linked with the 26-year-old, and of course Sunderland, but that’s only because Newcastle are linked with the striker.
There’s little doubt this player would be a great signing for Newcastle United, but of course whether we can get him and whether Mike Ashley will pay the required fee for him is very debatable right now.