There was news on Saturday there are at least three Middle-East clubs who are interested in signing Newcastle’s 30 year-old Senegal striker Papiss Cisse, but Steve McClaren doesn’t want the striker to leave Newcastle.
The transfer in the middle-east is still open until later in September.
With Aleksandar Mitrovic out suspended for the next three games, it’s likely that Papiss will start up front for Newcastle at West Ham on Monday night.
Papiss Cisse – record last season was fantastic
Steve McClaren has certainly been singing the praises of the Senegal striker:
“He’s not going anywhere. I came here and there was a lot of debate and talk about Papiss coming or going and whether he would be staying.”
“I said to Lee Charnley, if you look at his record it’s fantastic. Eleven goals in 22 games last season was fantastic and, to be perfectly honest, he was the one who was missed when the team weren’t winning those games.”
“He’s a threat. He’s a goalscorer. When you’ve got Papiss in the team you always have a chance of winning games, and I think that’s what he did last season.”
“I think Newcastle have a better chance of winning with Papiss in the team. He played the first two games and not the last two, but we hope he comes back ready to prove a point.”
Papiss still has a couple of years left on his contract at Newcastle, and we didn’t think Newcastle would be interested in selling Papiss this month.
Let’s hope he can get us a few goals at Upton Park on Monday.
Since he signed on at Newcastle in late January of 2012 from SC Freiburg for around £9M, he’s played 110 times for Newcastle with 42 goals.
That’s a very decent goal-scoring record.
What do you think?