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.
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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