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.