When we all woke up yesterday everything was normal.
Papiss Cisse with Alan Pardew - Newcastle’s new number 9
But at the end of the day things had changed big time at Newcastle, with the signing of Papiss Cisse from SC Freiburg, and there wasn’t even a murmur in the press about it until it all happened.
In fact on Monday the news was about how Sunderland were after the 26 year old striker, who has scored 39 goals in his last 65 games for Freiburg since signing for them from FC Metz in the summer of 2009.
The excitement started at around 2:30 pm local time when Sky Sports announced that Cisse was on Tyneside having a medical.
And very quickly Cisse was signed on a five and a half year deal for a fee Sky Sports is now estimating at £9M, and the lad is said to be receiving £40K/week on Tyneside.
The Newcastle Journal is reporting today the deal was £7.5M and could rise to £9M based on performance.
Cisse was accompanied by his agent Guido Nickolay, and they flew in on a private jet from the Senegal training base, and then flew back once the signing and formalities were completed.
Of all the strikers we have been linked with in the summer, and there were a lot of them, this lad has the best goal scoring record and he is lightning fast.
Newcastle could have brought in Modibo Maiga from Sochaux early in the month, but he failed his medical and we were again linked with PSG’s Mevlut Erding only last week.
Alan Pardew said Papiss Cisse was always his number one choice when Andy Carroll left last January, but he was too expensive in the summer.
But it’s now stunning that Newcastle now have both Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse at the club.
Ba is one of the best strikers around at the moment, and at first we thought Cisse may be being signed because Ba was on his way, but we are fairly confident Demba Ba will stay on Tyneside.
Newcastle have again shown themselves more than savvy in the transfer market, and they sign players the way they should be signed.
They say nothing about them, and then suddenly the news comes out when the player is in Newcastle having a medical, a couple of hours before the deal is wrapped up.
We’ve had a lot of bad experiences under owner Mike Ashley, but it seems he has full confidence in Alan Pardew, who has done a superb job since he arrived on Tyneside 13 months ago.
And we’re sure that being joint 5th in the league helped a lot, as Mike Ashley will have seen real value for money in last summer’s transfer market.
Alan was simply delighted last night and was not short on his praise of Mike Ashley or Derek LLambias for helping pull this deal off.
And to think I wrote yesterday morning that Newcastle would never buy a player for more than about £7M these days.
That obviously helped move the deal through quickly.
Newcastle look a very good side at the moment, with our best eleven being very strong and of course Cisse and Ba have already played together for Senegal and should play together in the African Cup of Nations, which starts on Saturday when Senegal play Zambia.
It’s a stunning transfer deal by Newcastle, and now we have to hope that we can bring in a decent center-back and even one more player before February 1st rolls around.
The acquisition of Papiss Cisse should help Newcastle big time, once he is able to play for us sometime around mid February, although Alan Pardew has already cautioned fans to be patient as the lad finds his feet in the Premier League.
The goal now has to be European competition for Newcastle next season, and every league game is important to pick up those points.
We also think Newcastle already have players lined up for the summer, and another transfer market like we had last summer and Newcastle will be a top side next season.
We’re very close to that this season.
As we keep saying, things are looking up at Newcastle, and they certainly looked up big time yesterday.
Howay The Lads!!