Graham Carr – They Wanted £15M For Cisse – We Got Him For £8M


It seems that the actual fee Newcastle paid for Papiss Cisse was £8M.

Papiss Cisse after scoring first goal on Sunday against Liverpool

And that seems a very solid number, since it comes from Chief Scout Graham Carr,  in a long interview he has given with Adrian Durham.

At first,  the reports in January were that we paid   £10M for Papiss, but then the number settled on £9M, but now it seems we got him for even less than that, and that’s not too bad since SC Freiburg initially wanted £15M for him last summer.

This is some of what Graham said to Adrian Durham yesterday:

“Papiss Cisse scored twenty odd goals two years ago in the Bundesliga. He was liked by Bayern Munich, They wanted £15M  when we first enquired, and then it was twelve, and we actually got him for £8M in the last window,  which we thought was value for money.”

“I saw Papiss Cisse play for Metz when he first came over from Senegal. Metz have sort of a school, and they take quite alot of Sengalese players, but he didn’t have a passport at the time. I was working for Manchester City at the time.”

“He didn’t have a passport to come into the UK. So that ruled him out. Cheick Tiote was in Holland – Roda – before he went to play with Steve McClaren at FC.Twente. So I’ve seen him over a period of time.”

Cheick Tiote has been a great success at Newcastle and heaven only knows how much he would cost in the transfer market,  if we wanted to sell, which we don’t.

It would take some very silly money for Mike Ashley to accept offers, for any top Newcastle players this summer.

And with 7 goals in his first 7 games, and his link-up play improving all the time, new number 9 striker Papiss Cisse looks a complete bargain at just £8M.

And of course Graham will be busy again this summer, and it’s going to be very interesting which players actually arrive on Tyneside in the summer months.

And if we can get into the Europa League it should be even more exciting,  because Alan Pardew will need to bring in more players to deal with the extra matches we will have to play next season.

Graham Carr has done a stellar job at Newcastle, and credit goes to him for bringing in some of our very best players since he’s been at Newcastle,  for a very short two years.

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28 comments so far

  • redondo77

    Apr 3, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #1

    repost

    Arsenal:
    H: mcity, wigan, chelsea, norwich
    A: wolves, stoke, wba

    Spurs:
    H: Norwich, bburn, fulham
    A: sunder, qpr, bolton, villa

    Chelsea:
    H: wigan, qpr,NUFC, bburn
    A: fulham, arsenal, liverpool

    Only arsenal don’t have cups fixture. Looking at those teams fixtures, probably many slips except arsenal.
    So.. 4th place could be big possibility.

    providing we don’t have slips of our own.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 3, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #2

    Sorting in marmite in his white tuxedo is too good for Ashley.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 3, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Sitting

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  • Dannyo

    Apr 3, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #4

    So, this means, if we get Carroll back, or should try to get him. We want value for money right? I’d say, compared to Cisses ration and his cost, Carroll should cost around £3-4 mill.
    I’d do that deal, he can do Sholas role when Shola gets too old.

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  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 3, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #5

    @redondo77

    I think 4th is only slightly more than a pipe dream, it will take a Glen Roeder style end to the season (fingers crossed!).

    However, the automatic Europa spot is very much ON!

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 3, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Am watching the Liverpool match I know the final score so can someone please tell me why my heart is still in my throat?

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  • Dannyo

    Apr 3, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #7

    http://www.vg.no/sport/fotball/engelsk/artikkel.php?artid=10072893

    It’s a norwegian article, but the picture should say enough.
    The table counts since the start of 2012.
    We have not had poor form in 2012. Give us one more win, meaning 13 matches, and we’d been 2nd on that table.

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  • Dannyo

    Apr 3, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #8

    @WWJBD
    Lol, dunno how far in u are, but the 2nd half really takes off in the final 20 minutes.
    Make sure u’re strapped into your chair.

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  • Marcelinho_Bramble

    Apr 3, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #9

    stop mentioning of the sissy DIVER aka CARROLL

    We got Demba Ba, Demba Cisse, Shola Ameobi and even Leon Best who are BETTER than him !!!

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  • redondo77

    Apr 3, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #10

    WWJBD

    Because you feel sorry for AC and Enrique? What migh have been if they stayed with us?

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  • Vask

    Apr 3, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #11

    I’d take that deal too Dannyo. I think he’s still capable of scoring plenty of goals in the premiership and I think he’s a still a good player. I wouldn’t mind taking him back at a knock down price as cover for our Acon seasons. Obviously he still has quite a lot of maturing to do, but if he could work on that there’s no reason why he can’t become a top premier league striker in the future. I don’t think Kenny Dagleish is the person to help him develop into the player he could be.

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  • ToonHeart

    Apr 3, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #12

    I can almost guarantee when we have new players and Alan’s trying them out, people on here are going to moan they are not good enough.

    We all thought Perch was never going to improve. People complained that HBA was losing the ball too much.. some players take time. Just wish that some fans would see that..

    Ohh well. I’m very happy with the team this season andI have 100% faith in all players they bring to Newcastle regardless if they make mistakes for a while

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  • thebionicMAG

    Apr 3, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #13

    Off topic here but when I was playing Fifa a friend of mine (Man U fan) scored with Jonas Gutierrez . He sang(to the tune of The Goodies) GUTI!….. GUTI GUTI -ERRRRRRRRREZ!
    Guti!, Guti Guti errrrez Guti, he’s coming for you! etc. Why dont we sing that? Its Genius!

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  • redondo77

    Apr 3, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #14

    Looking at our fixtures, somehow I fear Wigan the most.

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 3, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #15

    Dannyo
    Haha nearing the end of the first half mate 😉 its a good example of what the PL is this match glad it was televised

    redondo
    Aye mate I do. Carroll has obviously spent too much time with Suarez judging by the dives (embarrassing) and Jose is still a cracking player but was expecting a good reception and the boos will of hurt him

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  • redondo77

    Apr 3, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #16

    At Liverpool game, I feel sorry for Enrique.

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  • Dannyo

    Apr 3, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #17

    @WWJBD
    Whenever HBA had the ball, he ran Enrique ragged. I loved it. I’m an nufc supporter, what can u do 😛

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  • redondo77

    Apr 3, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #18

    It seems that our players also feel sorry for Jose that they don’t want to attack when he played GK.

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  • redondo77

    Apr 3, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #19

    I could hear the fans called Tiote to shoot from half way

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 3, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #20

    Dannyo
    Haha I can see that happening to many LBs if HBA keeps this form up hes taking on 2-3 players at a time and winning as well as working hard down the field like he does up different players to the one of early season imo

    Williamson is so unlucky not to have some goals to his name

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  • thebionicMAG

    Apr 3, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #21

    It was great to See Benny running Enrique all over the pitch. He’s really coming good now. Playing three strikers with him right sided seems to be a good compromise for him playing all out right wing…

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  • nden85

    Apr 3, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #22

    @ thebionicMAG, i like

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  • jimmymagpie

    Apr 3, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #23

    Just one criticism from Sunday – first Tiote against the Mackems, now Perch,please lads no more theatrics! It looks pathetic, and we don’t want NUFC players indulging in such antics. we rode our luck in the first 20mins, but after the first goal, a wonderful team effort. Perch was terrific, Willo settled well after the first period, and Cabaye was more involved than for some weeks. Jonas is no full back though, and Guthrie’s injury might be a blessing in disguise. Jonas back in the middle as at West Brom, and Raylor/Santon in defence. We need them to beat Everton, because if Everton win the Cup,we will need to finish above Chelsea.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 3, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #24

    Glad that Perchy and Willo have improved along with Hba who we knew had the quality
    Just hope it’s the same with the speedy Obertan
    Anyone think it’s possible that he’ll improve?

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  • supatoonkid

    Apr 3, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #25

    @Marty-Toon Obertan has shown moments of real class but that has been blighted by his lack of consistancy. He’s definitely very quick, we all know that, also he has a number of tricks up his sleave (Steven Taylor said on Soccer AM this Saturday that he has the most tricks and skills in the squad, more than Ben Arfa) but of course the main job of a winger is the ability to cross however apart from that super cross against Bolton he has failed to deliver. Pardew though has restored confidence into a lot of players who we previously though were no good so i think he could do it with Obertan but if he can’t young Hoillett looks a tasty prospect.

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  • toonincheek

    Apr 3, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #26

    Freedom of the City for Graham Carr

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  • davis_toons

    Apr 3, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #27

    Shola was better in the air and can hold ball well, Dribble better than AC. Just that he didnt have the finishing product and max out during his younger days.

    Best of all, he was a nice lad that wanted to play for Newcastle Utd and not thinking anywhere else even during his tough period and when he got his chance he will try his best and score and not talk lots of shit to the media.

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Apr 4, 2012 at 4:44 AM

    Comment #28

    Credit where credits due for Mr Carr:

    Now that it looks Douglas is wanting away from F.C Twente in Holland we need to go and get him before Anyone else does!

    I need,nt remind anyone here of the debacle and bullshit which occured when Brian Ruiz went to Fulham! A move which has,nt proved to be such a big success for the player or the club!

    However, Martin Jol is a good trainer though and will know all about Douglas and just how good a player Douglas is !

    If we want Douglas we will need to go and get him before the end of the season, the sooner the better! Or he will end up going somewhere Else! Prefer Douglas ( Now of Dutch Nationality ) to Pieters but either or both will suit me fine!

    As for Andy Carroll, i don,t particularly want him back! He chose to go to Liverfool for the money and we chose to sell him at a way over the top price! There are way better strikers out there who would cost way less to get and for cheaper wage costs! I know he is a local lad but just look at some of the problems he caused while he was here!
    Did he not end up having to stay at Nolans house to keep himself out of trouble? Lets just leave him at Liverfool on his big wage! With his bad form and his bad language!

    We are well rid of Carroll and for that matter Ranger too!

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