Sunderland Were Interested But Newcastle Was The Place For Me

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.

Good 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.

Comments welcome.

35 comments so far

  • LewSpi

    Jan 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #1

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 18, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #2

    HAHAHA!! We got 1 over the scums.. AGAIN!

  • Brutooon

    Jan 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #3

    so far so Alan Pardew did well getting in good qualities player

  • jayphoto

    Jan 18, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #4

    we’re on the way to having a crazily good side! Krul, Santon, Willo, Collo **new left back** Ben arfa, cabaye, tiote, Jonas, Cisse, Ba!
    I’d love for us to get a new left back and reserve centre half now! I’m also looking forward to Marveaux challenging Jonas for a place on the left! With obertan, Guthrie, Vuckic, Abeid, Best, Ryan Taylor we have decent cover too! exciting times!

  • Rowan Milsted

    Jan 18, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Anyone else relishing the prospect of unleashing Ba and Cisse (or should I say Del Boy and Rodders) against centre backs like Luiz, Terry, Mertzacker (or however you spell it) etc? Those defences just won’t be able to cope! I remember watching Chelsea vc Nufc this season, disappointing 3-0 defeat though the scoreline flattered them. With these two up front I genuinely believe that defences like Chelsea’s wouldn’t have kept a clean sheet. The 0-0 against Arsenal is another good example.

    Off topic here but does anyone remember pspclarn, the air-headed keyboard warrior extraordinaire!?


    Haha, I wonder what he makes of this signing and our current league position. I think even the most ardent Ashley-haters on this blog got fed up with that guy! Hope I haven’t jinxed anything by mentioning his name…

  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 18, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #6

    I don’t think we need to celebrate that a player came here over them. That would make them feel important

  • nightfa11

    Jan 18, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #7

    i just hope colo sees we mean business..

    fabricio, sign the damn deal already=)

  • jonnymcdonald

    Jan 18, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #8

    @lewspi that joke is getting older than a ‘first’ post!

  • nightfa11

    Jan 18, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #9

    Cisse has scored 37 goals in 65 appearances for the Bundesliga club.

    And he cannot wait to pull on a black and white shirt alongside Ba, United’s leading scorer, when the pair return from the tournament in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

    “It’s going to be a great honour to play with him – he’s a simply fantastic player,” said Cisse.

    “I think we are going to make a formidable partnership.

    “This is a partnership that we hope will get the fans excited and I’m certainly looking forward to it starting.”

    Ba has been sensational for Newcastle since his move from West Ham United last summer, the striker having netted 15 Premier League goals for Alan Pardew’s side so far this season.

    However, Cisse believes the best is yet to come from Ba.

    “I have to congratulate Demba Ba for such a fantastic season,” added Cisse.

    “That’s not just me, but all the people in Senegal and his international team-mates, but I’d like to pass on that message for him. He’s had a brilliant season and it can only get better.”

  • eastend toon

    Jan 18, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #10
  • boater

    Jan 18, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Ed – disappointed to see Shola jettisoned from the banner after all he’s done. Kind of pandering to the mob isn’t it?

  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 18, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #12 –

    “Cissé will provide striking competition to a United squad which already boasts front men Demba Ba, Leon Best, Shola Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands.”

    Boasts? Really? Aha

  • cynicaltoonfan

    Jan 18, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #13

    I posted this link yesterday. But such was the euphoria around Cisse signing I dont think a lot of people saw it
    It was HBA vs QPR and to those who have a go at him for losing it too often you will see he makes most of his passes
    one magical one to best. Just where you lads think HBA will play now we have cisse (btw I am buzzing about Cisse and not complaining)

  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 18, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #14

    Indeed boater. If anyone should be on the banner it’s Shola & Staylor. Don’t forget your roots or you’ll turn into Manchester City – a club that’s got no recollection of where it’s come from or what it’s traditions are. May as well be a completely different club.

  • nightfa11

    Jan 18, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #15

    p.s.: as for banner..i think shola’s above best & obertan in the pecking order.

  • drongo

    Jan 18, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #16

    If Demba 2 is similar in style to Demba 1 then we could really be in for a treat – all my favourite teams play with a solid 2 CMs and 4 other interchangeable players

    We can now genuinely do that Tiote & Cabaye can make the whole thing tick and set the tempo, Jonas, Demba, Demba and HBA do their thing. Obertan, Marveaux and Sammi as back up – pretty exciting!

    Something a bit like this:
    ————Cabbo —Toto

  • ToonDownSouth

    Jan 18, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #17


    I watched it when you posted it mate – but thought there was no point in replying due to the 20 comment per second about Cisse (;

    It’s a good video. Shows a lot of the “simple passes” which people keep claiming he doesn’t do

  • Rowan Milsted

    Jan 18, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #18

    Ach, I hadn’t noticed that.

    Don’t know if you trawl through all our comments Ed, but if you do please put Shola back in the banner. might seem like a silly request but we still love the big man. (Well, not all of us, but surely deserves his place on the banner).

  • drongo

    Jan 18, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #19

    TDS – yep – I thought Benny adapted his game really well – problem was Ray Wilkins is a winnet and so commentated according to his opinion, rather than what was happening. Drew more attention to the very few bad points of his game.

    As to what would Bennys position be – does he need one? What position did Zidane and Rivaldo play? what position does Messi play?

    OK so hes maybe not there yet but some players you just have to fit in to your team somehow!

  • bandwarmy

    Jan 18, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #20

    Whats the chances of getting two banners up there? One above the newcastle united blog title and one below. All the lads wearing the mighty black and white should be up there. Accually add in all the backroom staff aswell! Gonna need a bloody big banner! toon toon black and white army!!

  • Partizan

    Jan 18, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #21

    If we manage to keep this team for next season and we get rid of Smith,Xisco and replace them with 3 solid players on 30k pw,,,i can honestly say we’re in for the top 4 for sure,if not the title contenders.

    new RB———Colo————Taylor—————Santon
    Subs+reserves: Elliot,Simpson,Best,Raylor,Jonas,Obertan,Vuckic,Willo,Abeid,Benalouane,Ameobi x2,Guthrie,new LB,new CM.

    You have a CL team here and a team more than enough to challenge for the title imo.

  • drongo

    Jan 18, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #22

    2nd that, Shola is a proper 1 club man

    He’ll get a testamonial and the works eventually

  • geoff777

    Jan 18, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #23

    Traditionally Newcastle have always had two quality strikers.

    It’s good to have that again.
    A striking partnership to scare the opposition.


  • boater

    Jan 18, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #24

    TDS – exactamundo. We’re all excited at the new blood but some credit to the long-serving stalwarts of the club wouldn’t go amiss would it? We’re not all that fickle Ed are we?

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 18, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #25

    @cynicaltoonfan // Jan 18, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    I think HBA had an outstanding game against QPR. The video shows it all. He has tremendous strength for a player of his size. We are truly lucky to have him. When the ball is at his feet, the whole St.James’ are on the edge of their seat.

    You just don’t know what he’s going to do with it. Marvelous signing. Our very own Messi.

  • Rowan Milsted

    Jan 18, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #26

    Nice video of HBA, get to see all aspects of his game there (apart from a screaming 30yard wonder goal of course)!

  • geoff777

    Jan 18, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #27

    re the banner

    Ed, Surely we can have two banners?

    If not a rollover then another one at the foot of the page?

    Also an anchor link to the last comment, so when we’re refreshing a page for new comments we’re automatically taken to the last comment – great on the match thread.

    I can supply the HTML code if you like.

  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 18, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #28


    Nice vid. Shows HBAs impact for us. He did great against QPR in creating space for other players to work in. Also he kept possession very well and seemed to have a very good understanding with Jonas.


    I like the idea of giving Jonas and HBA roaming roles.

  • Wor Shearer

    Jan 18, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #29

    Could Papiss get any more popular!?

    Not only has he said we were the only club he was interested in BUT he SH*T all over the mackems!!! LOL

    LOVE this guy!

  • Arfurglassful

    Jan 18, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #30

    ToonDownSouth // Jan 18, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    “It’s a good video. Shows a lot of the “simple passes” which people keep claiming he doesn’t do”

    ……………and take note the boy isnt wearing gloves or a long sleeved undershirt, HBA is a true Geordie 🙂

  • Lynxie

    Jan 18, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #31


    Why not go the whole hog and play running goalie!

  • jim

    Jan 18, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #32

    Aye Edwardo-get Wor Shola back on the header man! You cant be taking him down mate-next ule be re naming the blog the Sports Direct Blog! tschhhh! tut tut….lol but seriously, hes the mackem slayer and a long serving proper geordie!

  • geordiestuckinleeds

    Jan 18, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #33

    I’ve been looking at this guy for a while, think i like most is like ba he hits the ball early, too many strikers including at times best (though ofc bests skill can get him goals like against QPR) but in a full game i think 2 strikers who hit it early will provide alot of threat… team

    Simmo – Willo – Collo (c) – Santon
    Benny – tiote – cabaye – honas
    Ba – Cisse

    Obatan does do a job espercialy away from home where his pace is a get out ball in itself so benny as sub is a possibility away from home but ben arthars skill scares defenders and now he seems to be learning to track back eventually 😀

  • Tino3Barca2

    Jan 18, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #34

    Partizan, really like that team. Looks scary going forward.

    Swap Marveaux for another midfielder like Guthrie or Abeid and we can go 433 with Ba (l) and HBA (r) playing off Cisse. Both of them like to drop deeper to find space. With a disciplined CM and rampaging fullbacks this could also be a good attacking system.

    Really really hope we can keep our best players as every player we are signing is if young and quick and exciting. With Colo and Saylor we looked rock solid while carrying 2 dodgy fullbacks but with 2 decent ones, wow we are building quite a team!

  • max

    Jan 18, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #35

    cant wait to see him play with ba


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