Some Top Clubs Moving In For Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse

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.

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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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70 comments so far

  • Newcastle Brown Alien

    Jul 21, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #1

    Not only do wonga prey on the poor, enticing them to take money when they cannot pay it back, they also want to be racist and refuse someone who, on ethical grounds does not agree with the sponsor, their right of refusal. Hardly good publicity is it? If wonga was a person they would be locked up.

  • lesh

    Jul 21, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #2

    Aren’t we at risk of resurrecting the very debates that caused so much bad feeling a few days ago?

    History and water under the bridge but I wonder if anyone at she club even thinks about a impact assessment before implementing ideas, deals etc?

    Judging by recent and not so recent events while Newcastle United has been under Mike Ashley’s ownership, it would seem not!

    That’s almost baby school level of management training!

  • darrylwe

    Jul 21, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #3

    Wonga has never had as much publicity as they do now. If they let him wear a charity shirt every time he scores the Wonga thing will be mentioned in the press. Can’t see them getting as much coverage if Shola scores!

  • sparky55

    Jul 21, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #4

    ED…He’s not going because of the wonga sponsorship…he’s using that as excuse…he’s going because pardew is a cabbage and he doesn’t fancy being a George Reilly because he’s simply not equipped to be that sort of player.

    Pardew is to blame for Cisse and Cabaye going…with a least one more purple to go before the end the window.

    Pardew is the cancer and he needs to be removed with immediate effect

  • 09nufc09

    Jul 21, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #5

    If any of these top teams watched him last season they wouldnt want anything to do with him, he was missing sitters, couldnt control the ball and was always offside. Some of his runs were embarassing, he would run beyond the last defender and then ask for the ball and complain when people didnt pass to him. So frustrating to watch, Its as if he dosent know what the offside rule is.

  • djm...

    Jul 21, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #6

    His runs are actually pretty good, all strikers are pushing the limits of the offside but our team creates less chances for cisse so it looks like he’s offside a lot more often than others.

  • djm...

    Jul 21, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #7

    I don’t see how wonga can be accused of racism in this matter either and it would surely be in their best interests to let him not wear it.

  • Ginger

    Jul 21, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Comment #8

    Mbabu wearing the new home strip, looks nice:

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 21, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    Comment #9

    We may yet see “the good people at Wonga” galloping over the horizon to the rescue and agreeing that Cisse can wear a charity logo.
    Just like they came to the rescue of SJP – and “allowed” the name to be reverted back to the original name. What good people they are. (not)
    I do not like Wonga – but the situation can be rectified by them – and not by Cisse – who in my opinion occupies “the high ground”.
    Cisse in my opinion is currently suffering discimination by the Toon – I am confident the Equality Act 2010 and Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights will have primacy over employment contracts in respect of religious beliefs.
    Another own goal by the Toon. Our PR s absolutely shocking and amateurish. I would not blame Wendy Taylor at the Club -she probably has never been consulted with the recent debacles at the Toon or her input discarded. Absolutely shocking state of affairs.

  • Jonny

    Jul 21, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    Comment #10

    So we lost 3-1 to rio ave? Absolute bol***ks

  • jamesnufc86

    Jul 21, 2013 at 4:14 AM

    Comment #11

    Cisse is simply doing what he feels morally right. We all knew Cisse was a particular hardcore Muslim when he joined, him and Demba. I think the critisim flying his way is abit unjust , Britain is a secular nation , it’s hard for us to adapt to any different way of thinking. Cisse is simply doing what he feels morally and religiously obligated to do. So pointing fingers here just doesn’t work. Btw – I believe when u die you rot in the ground

  • gonufc (not Arf' bad)

    Jul 21, 2013 at 4:36 AM

    Comment #12

    Really hoping that this issue gets sorted! Despite what many on here think I believe Cisse is a fantastic, instinctive poacher. He finishing is brilliant and often innovative.

    Yes he is often offside but so are players like David Villa, Defoe, Benteke (more than Cisse!!) etc. I think the players just need to play the ball very early which is what he likes- a bit like Torres in that regard.

    This whole situation is an absolute minefield of problems. Surely if he believes the club is earning money through an ‘immoral’ organisation then surely he should be returning his wages?

    I really like him and really hope he stays. Especially if Darren Bent is even considered as a signing!

  • jamesnufc86

    Jul 21, 2013 at 4:51 AM

    Comment #13

    @12 – really nice post too read. Cisse apparently sends 50% of his wages back home. His Muslim faith is hardcore, and won’t be wavered, every man and all that but… I honestly wouldn’t be upset if he left. When Andy Carroll left , that was painful for me, Cisse…. Na

  • gonufc (not Arf' bad)

    Jul 21, 2013 at 5:02 AM

    Comment #14

    But I think the situation in terms of the squad needs Cisse even more than we needed Carroll back then.

    I’ve seen no evidence that we’d buy a player any where near the calibre of Cisse if he was sold. I reckon Darren Bent is a huge way off Cisse and his attitude is also far worse.

    Same with Gomis. I realise he’d be bought as a target man (for more of Pardew’s favourite ‘tactic’) but I’ve always found him very frustrating to watch, a little like Adebayor but a far less consistent touch.

    I like Cisse as a player but it’s more the situation that makes him such a “must keep”.

  • pbandj

    Jul 21, 2013 at 5:47 AM

    Comment #15

    Haha big clubs Ed.. you make me laugh at least…
    There is a reason no one really wants Cisse.. anyone that watched him last season saw how bad of a striker he really is.. He missed more chances than any other player and 80% of the time he was misplaced… He is a mediocre striker at best.. let him leave for the 9 we paid for him and good riddance…

  • gonufc (not Arf' bad)

    Jul 21, 2013 at 5:52 AM

    Comment #16

    @pbandj – So who exactly are we playing up front next season? Ameobi? Gomis? Do you really think they are better finishers than Cisse?

  • thai-mag

    Jul 21, 2013 at 6:07 AM

    Comment #17

    I’ve just watched the low lights of the game last night, how many were in the crowd, 3 men and a dog what I could see. In Bangkok Man U played in front off a 50,000 sell out crowd last week, it was on TV here and it was a good competitive game, it’s also a sellout for the Liverpool game next week and we are p***ing about in Portugal and Scotland, what a joke the Toon have become. I here Pardews excuse for last night was all his players were tired with all the training they’ve been doing, god help when the season starts proper

  • cyprus

    Jul 21, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #18

    Cabaye can go for 15 mil. but this guy is an absolute rough gem of a player. Hope this is just a story.

  • pbandj

    Jul 21, 2013 at 6:22 AM

    Comment #19

    @ gonufc, Ameobi is certainly not better, however there are many strikers out there that are much better finishers than Cisse. Just watch him he uses no control when he strikes the ball, the ones that do go inn are often more because of luck than finishing skills. As I said there is a reason why none of the better clubs in Europe wants Cisse he had half a good season last year he was mediocre and prob missed more chances than any other striker in the league..

  • cyprus

    Jul 21, 2013 at 6:26 AM

    Comment #20

    You are surely watching someone else mate


    Jul 21, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    Comment #21

    enough of this bulshit… if da lads doing over just sell him…. his just a 1 season wonder

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 21, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    Comment #22

    I am not going to comment on religion on here since I am not religious and I think religion is a private matter that has no place in the public fora!

    …the Cisse/Wonga debacle will be dealt with I am sure and we just have to wait and asee that haapens. No point taking the moral high ground it is not becoming!

    Anyways…any news on the transfer front or what the hell the selfcrowned “Fisher King” keeper of the Holy Grail is doing?

  • cyprus

    Jul 21, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #23

    21 goals in 50 appearances, a few legitimate ones not counted, with terrible service. Sell him!

  • nut meg

    Jul 21, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #24

    We don’t need Cabs,Pardew doesn’t play with a MF………last season proved that lol. Be prepared for more of the same..jeeezzz

  • check the toastie

    Jul 21, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #25

    I hate being attached to this f#cking football club, it has to be the most infuriatingly f#cked up football club in the world.


  • cyprus

    Jul 21, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #26

    Not sure what you mean Nut meg.
    I am just not convinced about Cabaye, he disappears too often, and is one of those players who would not be substituted. For 15 mil we could buy two exciting wingers and his role can be taken by Anita-Marveaux.

  • cyprus

    Jul 21, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #27

    One thing is sure. We are still fielding players who should not even be close to the first team. Of course, for the elephant in the room, refer to comment #25.

  • pbandj

    Jul 21, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #28

    @cyprus , Think you need your glasses checked!.. there’s a reason Cisse figures on Opta’s worst striker list last season with a chance conversion of 11%, That made him on par with Andy Carroll, and Franco Di santo. Cisses accuracy was 41% only Carroll had a worse record than that.. (even Carlton Cole had 52%)… So i dear say I’m not mistaken in saying Cisse is mediocre at best…

  • cyprus

    Jul 21, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #29

    respect to your stats, dude. Still think he’s world class, a player who in the right set up can score an impossible amount of goals.

  • 89Norcal

    Jul 21, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #30

    Cisse did well at Freiburg and well in his first season with us. I don’t think it’s coincidence one of his poorer seasons was in a rag-tag side with low morale and poor tactics. He has also been a little self defeating.

    But it is a wonder how he couldn’t score with that brilliant service from Jonas.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 21, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #31

    You sad fuskers, the knives are already out for our hapless manager while the man controlling the purse strings seemingly is a victim in this charade, and according to sparky 55 Pardew has made the decision to not sign anybody and also negotiated the deal with w@nga, interesting.

  • nut meg

    Jul 21, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #32

    I was joking that we didn’t need any MFs cos Pardew doesn’t use them …………………as in 50/60 hoof lol. Shouldn’t laugh but .

  • Ben3arfa

    Jul 21, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #33

    I see we’ve been linked with Saber Khlifa this morning . Good player with amazing speed .

  • jonobbad

    Jul 21, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #34

    Why is it that when i talk to friends who are not nufc fans, they agree with me but all nufc fans think its ridiculous.
    Barclays and Virgin have a lot more to them than loans. Cisse could use the banking services provided and never touch a loan. With wonga, all they do is loans.
    IMO its a massive difference and one i can accept.
    And unless there are any muslim readers out there, none of you can pretend to have a clue about it.
    I actually am not bothered if he leaves or not but i dont think its about more money.
    Just my personal opinion which is as valid as the hundreds of ‘Cisse wants out’

  • Dannyo

    Jul 21, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #35

    Reading some of these comments, I don’t know how you even dare take the words Newcastle United into your mouths.
    Absolutely horrible supporters a few of the people on here.
    Has no business talking about the club.

    Check the Toastie is one of them, absolutely shambolic. I don’t know why you even bother.

  • Tsunki

    Jul 21, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #36

    I dont think its on purely moral grounds Cisse is objecting, or h would have made his feelings known all the way back when the Wonga deal was struck. No, this comes up in the close season, right after the rags have come up with the prophecy, and the agent then fulfils it. You could say that a couple of things have gone wrong here, one being the club’s negotiating of the Wonga sponsorship being very poorly researched, seeing as quite a raft of non-muslim people as represented here object to buying Wonga shirts, they should have wondered how it would pan out in-house. Second, the media for propagating these ideas so agents can use them as leverage (perhaps the agents ‘spilled’ the story in the first place?). I think it would be prudent of the club to offer him a charity logo shirt and call his bluff, then publish the result for all to see.

    I hope Papiss does his research on his next club though, interesting to see who it is and who sponsors them…

  • check the toastie

    Jul 21, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #37

    Dannyo – if now is not the time to complain and voice frustration, when is that time? After we have gone down? We should have gone down last year under Pardew, there is absolutely no reason to believe anything has changed since.

    You are clearly looking forward to another year of Gutti and Tiote and listless performances. We are going down under Pardew and he should have been sacked 6 months ago.

    People should boycott the club until the useless f#ck in charge gets in a proper manager.

  • Dannyo

    Jul 21, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #38

    check the toastie
    It’s not about differences or who you like and who you dont.
    It’s about the shit you spout.

    “I hate being attached to this F’ing football club.”
    “We should boycott the club.”
    “it has to be the most infuriatingly f#cked up football club in the world.”

    Are you 12 years old?! What person with a sensible head on his shoulders spouts that crap?
    It’s all your words, you say all the nonsense, you don’t given an inch of thought to any consequences, you write like a child having a temper tantrum.

    There’s no reason to believe that anything has changed? Jesus man, you’re completely and utterly incapable of taking an objective view. You are an absolute disgrace and the way you “express” yourself is horrible. Absolutely horrible.
    You’re probably right tho, I don’t understand either why you affiliate yourself with this club.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 21, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #39

    Divint woory lads n lasses Barcelona are looking for a new manager – could it be Laudrup or Vilas Boas then Spurs or Swansea will put in a bid for Pardew

  • SeanNufc87

    Jul 21, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #40

    Sparky55, check the toastie.

    You really are beyond negative little krettins.

    I apologise for the insult I just thought id let you know how I feel about you, to break up the monotony of you telling everyone your delusions about pardew.

    Morning all.


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