Newcastle needed to bring in two strikers this summer, since the club have not yet replaced Demba Ba, who left Newcastle in January, so to say that the Magpies are bringing in Bafetimbi Gomis so that Papiss Cisse can then leave the club is simply not accurate.
Papiss Cisse – clubs interested in the Newcastle striker
But that’s the news being reported by the Mirror today, and of course no agreement has yet been reached between Newcastle, Wonga and the player about wearing the Wonga insignia on his Newcastle shirt and training gear.
Rich Russian club Rubin Kazan are said to be leading the chase for the 28 year-old striker, but whether Cisse would want to play in Russia is a very good question, whatever money they are willing to pay him.
We still don’t know if the disagreement with Wonga will end up in Papiss Cisse having to leave the Tyneside club, since he has offered to wear a plain shirt or a shirt with a Charity insignia on it, but that has not been accepted by Wonga – not yet anyway.
Obviously Wonga want all of Newcastle’s squad to wear the Wonga sign, especially the iconic Newcastle number 9 worn by the Senegal striker.
Cisse’s agent Madou Diene, not too surprisingly supports the player’s stance in refusing to wear the shirt and had this to say to CNN:
“He feels that it is immoral.”
It would have to be more than just objecting to Wonga on religious grounds as to why Cisse is refusing to wear the shirt – Muslims are not allowed to gain from lending out money.
Cisse had no objection to wearing the Virgin Money insignia when he arrived on Tyneside 18 months ago from SC Freiburg, and Virgin Money obviously charge interest on its loans – that’s one way financial institutions make money.
And of course his agent stands to make some big money if Cisse is sold this summer – so we wonder what Madou Diene is advising his client to do – we think we can guess.
In addition to Rubin Kazan – two more Russian clubs, Zenit St Petersburg and Anzhi Makhachkala are interested in the player , as are top German club Borussia Dortmund and a few French clubs.
It will be a tragedy if Newcastle lose Papiss Cisse because of the Wonga sponsorship – and it’s certainly not a good start to the sponsorship deal.
But that’s what happens when you agree to go into partnership with a company that hardly has a good name in the UK.
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