Top Striker Could Quit Newcastle – £9M Bid Rejected

There’s news in the Sun on Sunday today, that 28 year-old striker Papiss Cisse is considering leaving Newcastle in the January transfer window, and make what could be a big money move for him to Qatar.

And additional news in the Chronicle that a £9M bid has been rejected by the club.

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Papiss Cisse – in action against Cardiff last Saturday

And if the story is true then talks have already taken place, but of course any deal will hinge on Newcastle getting the transfer fee they want for the striker, who started his career in dramatic form for Newcastle with 13 goals in his first 14 games for the club two years ago.

But since that first half season, after  he was signed from German club SC Freiburg for around £9M, his goal-scoring prowess has tapered off,  and this season he has lost his starting place in the side to on-loan striker Loic Remy.

This would seem to be a bold move by the Senegal striker, and we’re not sure Newcastle will want to lose Papiss for the rest of the season, and it’s hard to know if there is any truth in this report.

No Qatar club is even mentioned in the report – and it is a Sunday after all. 😀

Papiss has played 28 times for Senegal with 15 goals, and he has captained his country, and at Newcastle last season he scored 13 goals in 47 appearances but this season he has only 3 goals in 17 appearances.

In total the Newcastle number 9 has 29 goals in 78 appearances for the Magpies, and we cannot think that Newcastle want him to leave in January.

However, if we do get a striker in during this month, there is news today that we are trying to sign Luuk de Jong on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach, there will probably be even less opportunity for Papiss to get a game on Tyneside.

With Loic Remy and Shola Ameobi also expected to leave Newcastle in the summer, Director of Football Joe Kinnear and Chief Scout Graham Carr had better have some strikers lined up in the summer.

And that would be especially true if we cannot get one through the door in January.

And as a late addition to this report – and late breaking news – the Chronicle is reporting today that Newcastle have already turned down a £9M bid from an unnamed club in Qatar – who visited Newcastle last week – so the Sun report could even be true.

What do you think?

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18 comments so far

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 12, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #1

    I want Thomas Tuchel as the manager of NUFC

  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 12, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #2

    We still have Sammy,Obertan and Ben Arfa who all are prolific in front of goal so we can let Cisse,Shola and Remy go without replacing them :-0

  • stuart no9

    Jan 12, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Let’s be honest , cisse is not a top striker, an “ok” one maybe , but when you look around the premier league at present , he’s not even in the top ten . So cisse leaves is fine by me as long as another is lined up . A top striker is our priority . We need goals . This gradual decline is becoming too regular , we need some help for remy or we are in big trouble again . We won’t getting anything today apart from a lesson on how to play football , but after today’s game we will need to start picking up the odd point here and there and a new striker is going to be key in acheiving a mid placed position in the league . I think 12 th or 13 th place is the best we can hope for .

  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 12, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Thomas who?
    Thomas Edison would do a shining job as manager

  • Anita the Legend

    Jan 12, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #5


    I for one would be happy if he went, especially if we can get our money back and have £9million to spend on a replacement. Might get Remy for that (I’m sure there’s a fee agreed, we really cannot be so stupid that we didn’t agree a fee in advance can we?) although I wouldn’t pay double figures for him. He is lazy, and unbelievably selfish. Not as clinical as people think or as consistent, plus he’s shown already he’s not very interested in playing for us.

    Plus, Cisse is rubbish. Okay, the impact when he signed was incredible, still remember watching that Chelsea game live with the 2 wonder-goals and we all fell in love with the guy immediately.

    However since then, he’s looked useless! Offside more than Bellamy, missing every opportunity, shockingly bad first touch, no creativity or intelligence to see a pass… He’s pap!

    Get our £9mil back and spend it on Luuk or One if the Remys.

    Just sharing my thoughts on this fine cricket-filled morning.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 12, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #6

    a lot of posters talk about Sammy.

    can you see him doing anything against the likes of City, Arsenal and Liverpool

    His best game this season was against Morecambe closely followed by Leeds

  • pottsclock

    Jan 12, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #7

    Themag are pointing out that this time last year Djibril Cisse was discussing a move to Qatar and this may simply be lazy journalism. I can see why Cisse might want to move but going to Qatar is a very unambitious career move for someone in their prime who could play in Europe’s top leagues.
    Think it is very unlikely….

  • Slank

    Jan 12, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #8

    Marty @ 4

    He would certainly be a shining light for NUFC .

  • Toonmania

    Jan 12, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #9

    Apparently the bid from Qatar was turned down earlier in the week so far no further bids have been made so might well be old news this

  • Ben3arfa

    Jan 12, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #10

    Ive said it before, Cissse will leave NUFC to either Russia or the Middle East. They are the only clubs that would buy a has-been striker like him.

    Shame we cant get him to score goals like he used to though.

  • shearer and the duchess

    Jan 12, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #11

    That chap Mr Cisse seems an awfully decent fellow but I would be willing to take back the. £10m we paid for him.

    That £10m will look marvellous when it’s added to the huge profit we make this season. I hope these profits show up on Mr Ashley’s bank accounts and we can all unite if it helps break into the top 10 wealthiest chaps in the world.

    We must get behind our illustrious leader who came from nothing to a super elite individual who makes casts amount of lolly from shabby companies. We have to give the chap credit for turning SJP into the big Sports Direct warehouse in the world.

    Before he came to Newcastle United, the chap would never have considered making the city his company HQ and have the his flagship building at SJP.

    Well done Mr Ashley. You’re a jolly kind chappy.

  • ~Anita One Bites The Dust~

    Jan 12, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #12

    “There is news today in the sun”…

    That’s all it took for me to know that this was utter rubbish.

  • Newcastleforlife

    Jan 12, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #13

    Not sure about Thomas.. but i will definitely take one of the following as manager

    Quique Flores
    Roger Schmidt
    Huub Stevens
    Ricardo Moniz
    Guy Luzon

  • Tsunki

    Jan 12, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #14

    Beattie man 🙂

  • Douglas

    Jan 12, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #15


    Simillar to my post earlier (see below) but funier than mine!

    I simply can’t understand all the chat about buying players. FMA runs the club to ensure survival and to maake money for SD. He does not need to buy at the moment.
    Like a lot of busineses we are an xl spreed sheet under FMA. Put your ambitions and dreams away until he’s gone. Which won”t be soon.

  • lesh

    Jan 12, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #16

    We pay £9m for Cisse and his form goes out of the window. We get an offer of £9m and reject it? Surely not but if that offer’s been made and it was rejected, Kinnear must be living on another planet. Qatar may be very wealthy, but Qataris are not stupid!

    Wonder what the unnamed Qatari club was doing in Newcastle last week? A winter break with training held at Whitley Bay and some team-building in the Bigg Market?

  • stretchintoon

    Jan 12, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #17

    Cant be true that weve turned down 9 mill for arguably the worst striker in the sell the useless C**t for £9 he’s that bad.

  • Sav

    Jan 12, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #18

    Shane de Long would suit Pardew’s system of hard grafting strikers. That he is not the most prolific would not matter too much in this case as he chases lost causes, runs down defenders and midfielders and is a very decent passer and header. Similar to the hoped-for de Jong but cheaper and with proven Prem experience.


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