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Striker Could Leave Newcastle Within 11 Days

10:34 pm, Sunday, February 16th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 54 Comments

Russian side Rubin Kazan could well come after Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse in the next eleven days and try to sign the number 9 permanently.

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Papiss Cisse – in action against Cardiff City in FA Cup

We would have thought that Cisse would be needed to help Newcastle recover over the 12 games of the season.

But there again if say a £10M offer comes in – which we doubt will happen – then we assume Mike Ashley would sell the 28 year-old, who we paid around £9M for, two years ago, when we signed him from German club SC Freiburg.

However, it appears Rubin Kazan’s first choice is not Cisse but PSV Eindhoven striker Tim Matavz, but if that falls through, the news is that Papiss is next on their list.

25 year-old Slovenian International Matavz has scored 44 goals in 92 games since signing for PSV on a five year deal back in August, 2011.

Russia’s transfer window open for another 11 days, and they can sign any player in that period, and while we think it would be a mistake to sell Cisse now – it could happen if the Russian club comes in with a big enough offer, although Newcastle are said to have already turned down around £8M for the striker last month.

For the record over the last two years, Papiss has played 80 times for the Magpies with 29 goals.

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54 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Thump // Feb 16, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    It would be ridiculous if we did… but I wouldn’t put it past Mr. Tubbs and co.

  • 2 Graeme // Feb 16, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Nothing related to the circus that is now NUFC, would suprise me in the slightest – not even selling Cisse. Am almost at the point of being passed caring!!!!

  • 3 Belfast // Feb 16, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    I wouldn’t be that bothered tbh

    He’s been shite for ages.

  • 4 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 16, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    He has been Pardewed .

    Shame as he looked like one of the most deadly finishers the PL had seen 2 years ago, but he has since been played on the wing and as a target man.

  • 5 bobby mango // Feb 16, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Would rather see one of the youngsters getting the game time… He can go

  • 6 Black and White with an army lol // Feb 16, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    let him go, he’s out of form and doesn’t look as if he’s going to be back on form.

    Remy & Gouffran are back so back to the 4-3-3 style and have a young lad taking a step up, maybe Armstrong.

    if i was MA i would sell him now rather than later because his valuation will drop.

  • 7 geordie157 // Feb 16, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    if its a decent offer then take it. his control is shocking and that’s something that cant be blamed on Pardew.

  • 8 Toon Tang // Feb 16, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    welsh – from the previous story, no mate, its not a hard question, but it becomes a hard question if im not there to read it. Other events take place as well as this blog.

    Anyways, to answer the question you put to me in the previous thread, tumbleweeds were referring to how inactive the blog was at the time of my posting.

    On old westerns, tumbleweeds would blow around as a way to show inactivity in the town.

  • 9 anthc // Feb 16, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Anything over 8 mill I’d take in a heartbeat.

  • 10 Toon Tang // Feb 16, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    tumbleweeds floating all over this thread n all hahaaa

    Are you hear to witness the phenomenon welsh?

  • 11 Toon Tang // Feb 17, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Are you here to witness the tumbleweeds welsh? It’s not a hard question

  • 12 Toon Tang // Feb 17, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    You like what i did there, I left the advisory 11 mins and then posted how my previous question was hard as you haven’t answered it yet.

    I probably wouldn’t have added the second post as you did though because it sounds a bit paranoid.

  • 13 Ibizatoon // Feb 17, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Toon Tang…You seem in a bouncy bouncy mood, are you?

    It’s not a hard question. Ooo such a good time.

  • 14 Belfast // Feb 17, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    I swallowed one of those tumble weeds earlier, nasty business

  • 15 Ibizatoon // Feb 17, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Belfast…Couldn’t find any leftovers in the bin?

  • 16 Belfast // Feb 17, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Nope, just sauntering along and then bamm straight down the hatch.

    Should maybe look where I’m going in future.

  • 17 Mister Tuff // Feb 17, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Earlier on there was a discussion about Sheik Mansoors interest in buying the Toon -before they bought Man City.
    We also had a bit of a discussion about libel laws.
    I’ve posted a link below to the Chronicle in Sept. 2008 -which reports about this bid but that Mr Tubbs was offered £200 million but wanted double that -so he refused to attend the meeting and went on the beer instead. The photo was originally on the Arabian Business website – and shown in the Chronicle article.
    Subsequently the Dubai Investment group denied any contacts with NUFC.
    (This may be a normal business practice by not revealing information about previous purchase attempts -so any subsequent purchases are not then revealed as second or third choice).
    anyway check the story out -believe it or dismiss it. An interesting side note -is that there were no attempts by Mr Tubbs or NUFC to sue the Chronicle or anyone else for libel – or indeed any statements denying what had taken place. I report the story so don’t shoot the messenger.
    Link to Chronicle article:-

  • 18 Belfast // Feb 17, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Goodnight farewell splinter.

    Me and my man flu are of to bed.

  • 19 Toon Tang // Feb 17, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    ha ha stilettos are defo a no no when walking to the dual at high noon.

    Watch out eating them TW’s as well belfast there leftover from the transfer window mate and we will need them for next as well i reckon

  • 20 Ibizatoon // Feb 17, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Belfast…Indeed, or at least don’t walk around with your mouth open.

  • 21 Ibizatoon // Feb 17, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    Toon Tang…Stilettos complete with spurs are very “in” mind, but of course will leave you with some disadvantage.

    As for Cisse…Nothing would make me happier than to see our books get even better than they are now!

  • 22 Toon Tang // Feb 17, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    well footy’s all about the books ibiza mate, and as for that spurs attachment for my stilettos, im not as well traveled as you so cant keep up with the youth. As long as they go with my bell bottoms we’re sweet

  • 23 Toon Tang // Feb 17, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    reet im out anyways before welsh gets back and starts carpet bombing me with more hard questions.

  • 24 Sav // Feb 17, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    Have to agree. We are in a different situation now than when Cab was sold. Our season really is over now, so 10 mil would be hard to refuse.Cisse is a great, instinctive finisher when he’s on song but offers zilch to the side when he isn’t. Same goes for Ben Arfa and Marveaux. They are all players we can hardly afford in our situation. If the other 10 were better, maybe, but not with what else we’ve got.

  • 25 Laurent Robert 32 // Feb 17, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    He scores goals wherever he’s been. Gets settled here, Pardewed. Nice one, Alan. Tevez on the wing as well as Cisse. His footballing brain is developed to peripheral swamp matter.

    You also gave Remy his longest run without a goal, Alan. I could be here for quite a while listing your ever growing poor records you are breaking.

    Please leave immediately.

    If Ashley unfortunately does have to stay, the least he could do would be to get Carr to recommend a talented attack minded manager for him.

  • 26 Uncertain Toon // Feb 17, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    Mister Tuff,

    Good bit of graft there mate, I couldn’t be arsed digging it out. Respect for that mate.
    No doubt TDS will attempt to dispel it or his wingman Blackley.
    We undersatnd it’s only a rumour, hearsay, hyperbole or whatever, but they want to blow things out the water, why do they want/need to to do that?
    There’s something not quite right about TDS and Blackley and it stinks to high heaven!
    Again, top work mate!

  • 27 beermonkey // Feb 17, 2014 at 1:44 AM

    wouldn’t hurt to go back to how we played when we finished 5th can put remy or goofy on the left

    not bothered whether remy plays again he aint stayin
    we need to get cisse scoring

    dunno if this has something to do with him and the Wonga deal he spat the dummy over that
    if he wants out fair enough he finishs the season strong his value will go back up and we should recoup our investment as it is he is aint worth a lot

    funny how when he was banging them in no1 complaint all he ever did was score goals
    now he is out of form he don’t do enough
    but I would rather he stayed

    the way we do our transfers we wont have any1 in before preseason so we will start the season with players that would not have gelled with the team
    we will then panic give strolla a new deal

    that is if buy any1

  • 28 Greebol1892 // Feb 17, 2014 at 3:55 AM


    I had a chat with one of the stewards once and mentioned that I’m off home to Gateshead. He said very seriously “well you’re not a proper Geordie – don’t come back, you must be a mackem”.
    I was born & bred next to the Town Moor – does it make me a mackem because I live in Gateshead? My birth certificate says Newcastle Upon Tyne. So should I give up supporting the club from the city I was born in and support S*nderland instead???

  • 29 Jail for Ashley // Feb 17, 2014 at 4:39 AM

    I think that Cisse signed an original deal on not great wages but was told that if he scored x amount of goals then he would be entitled to a new deal, however the lack of strengthening and being played out of position hampered his chances of reaching his target despite being the top scorer, he asked for a new deal and was refused hence his very public spat.

  • 30 lesh // Feb 17, 2014 at 5:05 AM

    Yeh, why not flog Cisse, might as well, Ashley’s just about f%£@sd the club up, so another sale wouldn’t cause much more damage.

    In fact, why not put the whole club out for sale in a car boot sale or on the Quay one Sunday morning!

  • 31 Greebol1892 // Feb 17, 2014 at 5:59 AM

    RE: @17

    If anyone has ever been to Dubai, I think you would also make any excuse to get out on the hoy! LOL

  • 32 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 17, 2014 at 6:07 AM

    Just catching up on the weekends news..

    It’s a shame about Cisse.

    Are we really in a position though to let a striker go? Regardless if we have very little to play for. We have just seen how goals are hard to come by with Gouffran Remy and Cabaye out of the team. These players could pick up an injury at any time. And Cabaye’s off!

    I hope we don’t sell ourselves short here. But, given this regime’s lack of forward planning and consideration, anything is possible where £ is concerned. Football and ambition comes second.

    I’d love Mike Ashley to sell up, but who out there has the ambition and £ to move us forward?

    What a state the squad is in. It needs millions upon millions. Remy and De Jong don’t even belong to us. Shola is out of contract soon.

    Obertan has to be moved on.

    Coloccini is off in the summer.

    Ben Afri will be into his final year, a decision has to be made here, but who is dealing with it?

  • 33 cyprus // Feb 17, 2014 at 6:22 AM

    The mystery of Cisse: he looked like the best nu. 9 we’ve ever had, for half a year. He put a very good Ba in the shade, was almost embarrassed with the ease he scored. Suddenly, it all disappeared. Is it a temporary loss of form, which refuses to remain temporary? Is there a religious undercurrent here (the will of God, Wonga, etc.)? Was he just lucky to do so well so many times in different leagues? Has he ‘forgotten’ how to do it?

    Most of the answers to the above would be speculation. Still, I feel for the guy.

  • 34 Ben3arfa // Feb 17, 2014 at 6:28 AM

    when Cisse first signed he was so confident on the ball and always drove the ball forward with good distribution.

    Now, he always gets the ball and tries to unsuccessfully hold up the ball often giving the ball away.

    What went wrong???

  • 35 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 17, 2014 at 6:38 AM

    It really is bewildering.

    His confidence is completely shot. His touch is non-existent.

    Anyone remember his goals against Chelsea away? Those kind of performances?

    You can’t lose that.

    Get him back in the team and take Sissoko out for Marveux. He needs creativity behind him.

  • 36 Ben3arfa // Feb 17, 2014 at 6:54 AM


    Forget about the goal vs Chelsea because that was a freak occurrence lol

    Remember his goals againt Swansea, West Brom and Stoke?

    All amazing runs and super cool finishes, all seem to have disappeared out of his game now.

  • 37 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 17, 2014 at 7:03 AM


    I know, proper freak shows haha.

    The confidence was there though, it was rocketing through the roof to even attempt such things.

    It would be tough to keep that standard up like. But one goal this season and a penalty at that is shocking, he had to be dropped.

    If he could even get half that form and confidence back he would be a useful player to us.

    Still though, I’d keep him. Letting a forward go at this point in the season is poor judgement I think.

  • 38 Ibizatoon // Feb 17, 2014 at 7:08 AM

    “Still though, I’d keep him. Letting a forward go at this point in the season is poor judgement I think.”

    Prodigy…Now you’ve said it that way I’m fairly sure he’ll be gone 🙂

    Before I go to bed, a little idea. Maybe we need to try some reverse psychology with wor Ash?

    We don’t want any new players. We want to be relegated. Sell all of our best players. We love a lack of ambition! Yes!

    Could it be that simple? 🙂

    Night night nufcblog x

  • 39 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 17, 2014 at 7:17 AM


    I think anything is worth a shot at this point in time mate! Haha! 😉

    I think if we all mucked together we could play some mind games with good old mike no problem!

    Lets have JK back for a start, and Dekka, all is forgotten! 🙂

  • 40 lesh // Feb 17, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    Mr Tuff @17

    I remember that article and was absolutely flabbergasted at such ignorant and disrepectful behaviour.

    They were said to be expected to meet potential buyers (note the word word ‘Ramadan’ in its name) and what do they do? They decide to go on the pi$$ instead. They stand up potential investors, very wealthy arabs, and go on the lash instead – doesn’t that just illustrate the ignorance and the arrogance of Ashley!

    In the light of experience over the years Ashley’s owned the club, his behaviour’s not surprising at all.

    We can only hope he’s reflected on his behaviour then and learned from it!

  • 41 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 17, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    I want to see Shola and Obertan given new 5 yr deals! 🙂

  • 42 lesh // Feb 17, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    Greebol1892…….. A Mackem supporter eh?

    They’re in the quarter final of the FA Cup and likely to go through to the semis…… Just as well you’re bloods black and white!

  • 43 2_goal_tino // Feb 17, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    My major issue with the whole cisse thing is that Pardew has persistently prioritised strikers who were always going to leave imminently. First half of last season, Ba was always going to go, Cisse wasn’t! He shouldn’t have tried to appease Ba and should have played him on the wing and cisse up front. This season, Remy probably won’t sign for us and has played wide before, he should have played wide and cisse upfront.

    Since the end of his first six months here, Cisse has only had a run of 15 or so games when he was played in his best position. This was the end of last season, during which time he not only scored some goals but some absolutely crucial goals which pretty much kept us up.

    It’s disgraceful that the one genuine striker we own has not been given a chance this season (especially when Shola has featured so much)

  • 44 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 17, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    According to the stats, Cisse has played a total of 258 mins this season with two assists and one goal as a penalty.

    Papiss where have you gone?

  • 45 jayphoto // Feb 17, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    When Papiss got his goals for us we were super attacking, 4-3-3 with him, ben arfa and ba with Cabaye in behind and BA and HBA offered great width. When he scored at freiburg it was because they played wide with wingers that got the ball into the box! Cisse’s form dropped when we started playing narrow inverted wingers and stopped putting the ball in the box! Feel for the lad, its not a confidence thing, he’s still quality for Senegal! just doesn’t fit with our tactics which I think are much more designed for a bigger more physical centre forward

  • 46 SuperShearer // Feb 17, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    2_Goal_Tino the problem is mate that a genuine striker ie someone who is a natural finisher, is no longer part of the game. Cisse can’t create for himself like the modern strikers can. He has to feed off good service and if we’re not providing that for him he’s often a wasted body on the pitch. Look at Suarez, Sturridge, RVP, Rooney, they never stop making intelligent runs, either creating space for themselves or others, they drop deep to bring the defensive line up allowing space for others to make runs behind. I love Cisse, but the reality is he doesn’t do enough for the team to merit a starting birth. His finishing is his key attribute and with that seemingly fading it’s reasonable to look to sell him.

  • 47 Transfer Sage // Feb 17, 2014 at 7:58 AM


    i guess that’s why it was no surprise he looked ok last game when he had de jong with him, he was getting some chances, especially with sammy out on the left.

    Personally I prefer pacey wingers, they frighten opposition and force them to drop off, gives room for others… need some pace up front in the modern game.

  • 48 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 17, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    I’d love to see a powerful striker with an aerial presence and a smaller nippy forward playing off him.

    Like a Shearer and Bellamy.

  • 49 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 17, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Anyone expecting Pards to go is going to be unhappy with this..

  • 50 jayphoto // Feb 17, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    looking forward to a 4-3-3 of Remy, De Jong and Gouffran (though i’d prefer HBA) Against Villa to be honest! I’ve no doubt its more likely going to be a 4-4-2 though!
    Villa are playing really well away from home this season, personally i’m not sure Pardews future rests on this result! If Ashley is selling in the summer or if Llambias comes back theres no chance of pardew being sacked any time soon! I want pardew gone but the misses family are all huge Villa fans, not sure I can stomach a loss to villa

  • 51 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 17, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Im going to go out on a limb and say we will turn in a good performance against Villa and get the win also. 2-1 or 2-0.

    My reasoning and beliefs for the poor displays and results of late is down to injuries and suspensions coming all at once.

    With Tiote back in. Also Gouffran with a game under his belt and a weeks training to get him upto scratch. Remy back and also Coloccini returning.

    Our first eleven will look good and the bench will be stronger should we look to change it up during the game.

    Win against Villa.

  • 52 south coast toon // Feb 17, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    for me pards has to go
    i see him as a bumbling baffoon now
    remy has all but said he wont be signing, we,re safe play cisse in the centre and play to his strenghs
    mym was working willo, collos off, and taylor well,why change what was working,
    we had 5 months to have a replacement in for cabeye they knew he was gone, pards should of demanded replacement
    our left side with santon is very week when santon goes missing and no one in front helping needs adressing
    no strikers brought in should be demanding xyz
    cannot change things around
    full of it collecting his last big payday and knows what he is

  • 53 lochinvar // Feb 17, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Would someone like to analyse how Cisse scored all his goals ?
    Lately Pardew has him standing still on the edge of the offside line ( mostly beyond it ! ) – I wonder if most of his goals came from when he was running from deeper and facing goal so when he struck his head was up and he was moving forwards towards goal not standing static with his back to goal ? He’s an athletic striker who needs to be running forwards with the ball not waiting for it to arrive slowly when crowded by defenders.If the answers are interesting please send them on a post card to The Manager, c/o NUFC !

  • 54 breno95 // Feb 17, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    sell him
    he is shit

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