Papiss Cisse has left Newcastle United and it looks like he turned his back on three Premier League clubs – Hull City, Watford and West Brom – who were all reported to be keen to sign the 31 year-old striker.
But the 35 times capped Senegal International – who scored a phenomenal 16 goals for his country – opted for the huge wages in China, for a fee said to be around £5M.
Papiss Cisse – has left for China
That £5M can now be used by Rafa Benitez this summer to bring in more players to further strengthen the Newcastle squad for the upcoming Championship season.
Newcastle also got his £45K/week wages off the wage bill and that will help control the running costs of the club this season.
Assuming we got £5M for Papiss, here’s the senior signings at the club so far this summer.
|Matz Sels||£4.5M||KAA Gent|
|Dwight Gayle||£10M||Crystal Palace|
|Jesus Gamez||£1.5M||Atletico Madrid|
|Ciaran Clark||£5M||Aston Villa|
|Mohamed Diame||£4.5M||Hull City|
|Daryl Murphy||£3M||Ipswich Town|
|Christian Atsu||Loan - season||Chelsea|
|Transfer Fees In||£54.5M|
|Gabby Obertan||Released||Anzhi Makhachkala|
|Steven Taylor||Released||Portland Timbers|
|Fabricio Coloccini||Released||San Lorenzo|
|Andros Townsend||£13M||Crystal Palace|
|Papiss Cisse||£2.5M||Shandong Luneng|
|Florian Thauvin||Loan - season||Marseille|
|Siem de Jong||Loan - season||PSV|
|Kevin Mbabu||Loan - season||BSC Young Boys|
|Henri Saivet||Loan - season||St. Etienne|
|Tim Krul||Loan - January||Ajax|
|Tim Krul||Loan from January||AZ Alkmaar|
|Gael Bigirimana||Free||Coventry City|
|Adam Armstrong||Loan - season||Barnsley|
|Emmanuel Riviere||Loan - season||CA Osasuna|
|Jamie Sterry||Loan - January||Coventry City|
|Haris Vuckic||Loan - January||Bradford City|
|Sammy Ameobi||Loan - January||Bolton Wanderers|
|Moussa Sissoko||£30M||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Transfer Fees Out||£85.5M|
We are assuming Remy Cabella will sign for Marseille for around £7M – but still no official news on that.
We wonder why not?