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.
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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