There is news that the Russian side Rubin Kazan have failed in their bid to sign 25 year-old PSV Eindhoven striker Tim Matavz, and their next target could well be Papiss Cisse of Newcastle.
Papiss Cisse – scoring penalty against Stoke City
There’s still about ten days of the Russian transfer window left, and they could bid at any time, but if they are to move for Cisse, we would expect it would be sooner rather than later.
We cannot imagine that Papiss Cisse would want to play in Russia, but he may not get the choice, and if a bid of around £10M comes in for the Senegal striker, he could leave Newcastle.
There are reports in Russia that Kazan could make a bid for the Newcastle striker, but Papiss will not leave unless there’s a substantial bid for him.
With the very negative reaction to the sale of Yohan Cabaye from Newcastle fans, the club may want to think twice about selling a second top player this month, but when did the fans’ reaction ever mean anything to owner Mike Ashley?
It’s clearly Newcastle strategy that if the club get a good bid for any player at Newcastle, that meets their expectations, they will sell, whenever that is, and whatever negative effect it may have on the team.
And there’s something very wrong with that – if indeed we are trying to build a top team on Tyneside.
However, Papiss is the third choice striker right now behind on-loan strikers Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong, and he may not get too many games at Newcastle for the rest of the campaign, if the two top strikers remain fit.
What do you think?
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