We heard on Monday that Sunderland were interested in Papiss Cisse of SC Freiburg.
Papiss Cisse - once Newcastle were interested that was the place for me
Of course we knew all about the Senegal striker because Newcastle tried to sign him on the last day of the transfer window last summer, and he had a great record as a goalscorer for FC Metz and for Freiburg.
But there were a couple of things that stopped that deal - Newcastle wouldn’t pay the £13M fee the German club were requesting, and the Bundesliga club needed to bring in a replacement before they would ever sell the striker.
And would you believe it, but yesterday Freiburg tied up a deal to bring Cologne striker Sebastien Freis to the German club, and Papiss Cisse was flying into Newcastle to sign for the Tyneside club.
This is one of the best signings we can remember for Newcastle in some time, and it has certainly ignited the Newcastle fans.
The Geordie pride is certainly returning to Tyneside.
And to think we have Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse playing up front, even I feel intimidated and I’m not even playing against them.
Cisse has given an interview to the local Newcastle press, and he has said that once Newcastle showed their interest that was it – he wanted to join the Tyneside club, who have a great name around the world.
This is what Papiss said about Sunderland also being interested:
“I am flattered by Sunderland’s interest.” “There were other clubs interested, but the moment Newcastle showed their full interest I was delighted to come – there was only one place for me.”
“Now, I need to seize the opportunity and show everybody what I can do.” “The aim is to make the most of the opportunity that has been given to me.”
We wouldn’t be surprised if Sunderland now try to sign Mevlut Erding, whom Newcastle were said to interested in once again, only last week.
It seems it was early Monday morning that Alan Pardew says Newcastle knew they had a chance to sign Cisse, and we suppose Freiburg contacted them about signing Freis, and everything happened so quickly yesterday, and the rest is history.
But this deal once again shows that Newcastle can operate like greased lightning to get in a good player, much like they did last June when there was an opportunity to sign Sylvain Marveaux, who was at the time at Liverpool, but the Merseyside club were hesitating on the deal.
And a few hours later at 2 am on Saturday morning the 18th June, Marveaux was a Newcastle player.
And it certainly looks like Newcastle are busy building a top team under the impressive Alan Pardew.