It looks liem Sunderland may be zoning in on Freiburg striker Papiss Cisse as a replacement for the departed, Asamoah Gyan, who went loan for big money and left Sunderland high and dry.
Pappis Dembe Cisse – Newcastle target in January?
Newcastle were credited with a bid of £10M for Cisse on the last day of the transfer window last month, but we find it hard to believe that Mike Ashley would bid £10M for anybody, at least initially.
The news is that FC Freidburg want around £13M for their top striker, and some news today that Sunderland want the Senegal International as their top target in January.
But he’ll be playing in the African Cup of Nations in January, which will be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, and it could be hard to negotiate a deal then, and apparently SC Freiburg want to keep the player until next summer in any case.
Cisse recently signed a new contract with Freiburg until 2014, but that was more a Freiburg move, to ensure they get top dollar for their star striker, which is fine of course.
And news today that the striker Newcastle almost brought in on 31st August, Modibo Maiga of Sochaux, has settled his differences with his Sochaux club, and now wants to stay there.
The 24 year-old has said today he is now happy to remain at the Stade Auguste Bonal, as he told L’Equipe:
“Everything is forgotten. I don’t want to speak any more on the issue,” “I have now recovered from some physical problems and I now have the chance to play in the first team.
“Every player likes to receive offers but in my case the president did not want to sell.” “He spoke with me and told me I needed to stay at Sochaux and I prefer to leave things the way they are.”
Newcastle are expected to try once again to bring in a top striker in the January transfer window, and Maiga and Pappis Demba Cisse could still be targets, as could be PSG’s Mevlut Erdinc.
But if the club wants to be successful in bringing any player into to the club, they may have to fork out the necessary transfer fee, rather than doing everything on the cheap.
We’re all for doing good deals, and there’s no doubt Newcastle have done a lot of those over the last 18 months or so, which is great, but it can also be overdone.
It was overdone in late August, with the result that manager Alan Pardew was left without the top striker he was promised after Andy Carroll departed last January.
And while we are the transfer topic, why don’t Newcastle bring in Erik Pieters from Dutch club PSV, because the full back position seems to be the weak link at Newcastle right now, along with a shortage of experienced central defenders.
A striker, full back and central defender would be terrific acquisitions if Newcastle can get that business done in January.
What do you think?