There are persistent reports that Newcastle will sell Papiss Cisse this summer, but we are assuming that would only be considered if Newcastle can bring in two experienced strikers this summer and then we also have young Ayoze Perez and Manu Riviere for the four strikers we need – which is more than we had last season.
Today Sky Sports have said Newcastle are willing to listen to offers for the striker.
Papiss Cisse – Newcastle will listen to offers
But Cisse has continually said he wants to stay at the club and he was one of the few bright spots for us last season scoring 11 Premier League goals in 222 total appearances.
Although one big negative is that he did get himself suspended for 7 games after spitting at Jonny Evans in early March.
And as we know Newcastle lost every one of those games under inexperienced interim head coach John Carver.
Maybe the rumors have started because if we get Charlie Austin from QPR, he would get the number 9 jersey and Papiss would be used to recuperate some money but there’s a big fee on his head – said to be £10M and he’s now 30 years old.
Sky Sports is reporting Newcastle will listen to offers for the player and Cisse is quoted as saying he wants to stay at the club:
“I am at Newcastle and I have one and a half years left on my contract. I am a Newcastle striker and I just think about my holiday, when I go back to Newcastle I will try to work hard and try to make the team.”
“It’s good for Newcastle because he has been the England manager before. It is good to change something in the team.”
In January 2012 the news was that Papiss signed a five and a half year deal at Newcastle for around £9M – so Newcastle seem to want more than they paid for him.
Last season he was still suffering from the after-effects of his broken kneecap, but next season he should be fully fit.
There are clubs in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates interested in him, as well as Europa League winners Seville and Besiktas in Turkey.
It may be that Newcastle are testing the waters and see what offers they get for Papiss, but we’d be happy enough to see him stay at Newcastle for next season.
What do you think?