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Are Newcastle Interested In Djibril Cisse?

Newcastle United have been reported interested in Olympique Marseilles striker Djibril Cisse.


Djibril Cisse – Newcastle interested in striker?

French sources are reporting that Newcastle have made an approach this week for Cisse, who has openly said he’d like to return to the Premier League.

Cisse played at Liverpool from 2004 until 2007, and he made 49 appearances for the Reds and scored 13 goals, during that time.

The Frenchman is also yet to be told whether his current club Marseilles sees him as part of their plans for next season.

He moved permanently there only last June after spending a year on loan at the club from Liverpool.

While we’ve never rated the Frenchman too highly he does have some abilities that Kevin may be able to use at Newcastle.

He’s very fast and has always had a good eye for hitting goals.

Cisse is still only 26 years old, and is 6’0″ tall, but we have no idea if the report that we’re interested in him has any truth in it.

Here’s Cisse playing record so far with goals scored:

Years 	   Club              App Goals

1998–2004 Auxerre 128 70
2004–2007 Liverpool 49 13
2006–2007→ Marseille (loan) 21 8
2007– Marseille 35 16

1998-2002 France Under-21 19 6
2002- France 35 9

In 233 first class club games, Cisse has scored 107 goals, which is not a bad average for a striker.

In his 54 international appearances for France and the French Under-21 side, he has scored 15 goals.

Comments very welcome.

74 comments so far

  • Tom4NUFC

    May 27, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Not my cup of tea. I just dont think he plays well in premier league, and isnt up to it again

  • Leo

    May 27, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #2

    i truely hope so, great player never failed to score whatever team or league he is playing in, including the premiership….

    i think he is what we need

  • scott9

    May 27, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #3

    i think if keegan cud get the best out of him he wud be a good signing him martins and owen up front wud friten defences

  • Graeme

    May 27, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #4

    Is he really the best we can do?? God help us.

  • Gooderz

    May 27, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #5

    It might encourage Zog to stay but for the wrong reasons. They’d be discussing their prospective (or current) hairstyles.

  • WelshToon

    May 27, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #6

    yeah sign him up

  • Northumberland Magpie

    May 27, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #7

    Tribal Football reported this so dont believe it they are worse that anal oliver

  • 9 Shearer

    May 27, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #8

    I go 4 whatever Keegan wants. What he doesnt want I dont want


    May 27, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #9

    Ed does it not get boring putting up rubbish articles all day every day about who we are signing?

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    May 27, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Scouse reject!! We dont want him here. His premiership goal scoring record was pap.
    This bloke is NOT a proven premiership player!! He played here yes, but did he prove himself???????? IMO……….a resounding no!!
    If we are loking at this type of player, we have no hope…………….He cannot, will not improve on waht we already have.

    Come on MASH, buy yourself a Bentley, get yourself a Berbatov and someone to keep them Kompany!!

    That’ll do nicely ta………..

  • The Entertainers

    May 27, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #11

    Well thats it fokes, i’m off to become a football reporter for a national newspaper. The secret is out. You take a quality / average player, think of any Premier league team who you know needs a player in that position, add together and hey presto you have a national story line…… Whats that you say, someone called Oliver has beaten me to it! Damn back to the old grind stone.

  • Leasko

    May 27, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #12

    I cant see Keegan wasting money on a player that is no better than we already have. His goals record is average and the majority of them are in the french league which is the equivalent of our championship.

  • faustino

    May 27, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #13

    Newsnow rather humoursly just associated us with the Echo’s ‘transfer rumours’ bit even though we’re not in it. Says it all really.

  • Eric

    May 27, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #14

    He averages a goal every 2 games. He is another of these merry-go-round players. Club to club and never really part of anywhere. We do need a replacement for Viduka and really must move Smith onwards.

  • Nev

    May 27, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #15

    hes fantastic and very VERY under-rated
    keep in mind he did break his leg twice in 18months and managed to come back
    the first time he broke his leg it was sickening to watch, very similar to eduardos this season
    + he was offically the “lord of frodsham”, a town both my nans live in 😛

  • micepie

    May 27, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #16

    There may be some truth in this one. I’d be pleased, though not at the expense of Martins!

  • Ian

    May 27, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #17

    the best player we could in reality sign, what the goalscoring above fails to tell you is that he is more often than not a substitute and his goals are usually from the bench.

    He is the fastest most agressive striker I have ever seen, everything he does is meant to happen, no luck involved. I have watched him when I can and he has lost none of his pace but has an older head on his shoulders than his Liverpool days where he was still very young.

    Exactly what we need to partner Martins, if we had Cisse, Martins and Owen I think we would have the best complete strike force in the premiership, some of the other teams have good individuals but not a complete set like that.

    He has won loads of silver, he scores best when needed to, which is even better, ie in cup games, important International games.

    He is like Martins, will keep applying the pressure to the last second.

    we can live in hope, this is the player i want to see, the games will be very exciting with him on the pitch. He brings a little controversy with writing on his t-shirts and daft hairstyles but not the sort of trouble Barton brings.

  • Davies

    May 27, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #18

    Bah!!! More shitemongering from the press.

    We had this one a couple of weeks ago didn’t we?

    He could be good. From what I gather he’s been a bit of a benchman at most of his clubs, and hasn’t really had the benefit of consistent first team play. Unfortunately, that’s something that has to be earned.

    Can’t see him fitting in to be honest.

  • Leasko

    May 27, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #19

    Class players dont sit on the bench week in week out, enough said.

  • Marat18

    May 27, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #20

    omg, i thought after Barton’s story we don’t need any off-the-field problems anymore?
    we had enough troublemakers in the past years.

    tho, he was a cracking player in EPL. Well, I mean in FM 06 🙂

  • Ian

    May 27, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #21

    16 goals and some of them off the bench and wont fit in??????

  • Chortler

    May 27, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #22

    HE’S JUSTA BIG CISSE!!!!!!!!

  • Leasko

    May 27, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #23

    And how many goals would Owen or Martins score in the french league??

  • Spyro

    May 27, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #24

    French international, enough said

  • Marat18

    May 27, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #25

    Boumsong – french international, enough said

  • bessi

    May 27, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #26

    no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no
    plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz

    he is not a player that he can do for us.. i said before he provoked as when he played fo liverpool and i thing that if he come here i will never love him even he will be a legend…

  • Ian

    May 27, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #27

    Pass this player at our peril.

    He will be one of the top goalscorers in the premiership, he has been ALL of his career, why would that change now?

    With us he would get more games.

  • Stami

    May 27, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #28

    why do we want another one legged striker…! no thanks! i would rather take Diane or Gomis over Cisse!

  • Alex

    May 27, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #29

    This is getting stupid, we seem to be after half the players in france over the last couple of weeks.Cisse would be a decent signing though, better than viduka.

  • chuck

    May 27, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #30

    Fresh off the press. Its been rumored that Newcastle United are showing interest in North Korean striker Moo Goo Gi Pan and are allready in to the negotiation stage.
    Although only twelve years old, he has been described as a phenomenon, scoring goals by the bucketfull.
    It is hoped an initial offer of 20m. will be accepted.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 27, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #31

    we are in for timbucktoyoannnn internatnational rabies aids, great player and at 48 his 30 million price tag shouldnt deter suitors

  • Stami

    May 27, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #32

    to be honest, i can see KK spending a bit of money on ‘average’ players! We shouldnt be expecting any HUGE signings. all we need right now is a few players to cover our arse incase of injuries! we are not trying to crack the top 4 next season, just top 8, pref 6th, but 8 will do for now! so in closing, i could see us signing a player such as Cisse! we have 3 proven goal scorers up front, Cisse would be just a squad player!
    lets not set ourselfs up for disappointment. You dont sprint your way up Mount Everest, its a slow climb!

  • Leasko

    May 27, 2008 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #33

    It will be a quick descent aswell if we sign this shite.

  • Ian

    May 27, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #34

    Cisse is only £7.5m which leaves us to spend money elsewhere while securing a striker that does score in the premiership, otherwise it is £11-13m for someone who may not.
    This is a player who has a lot of pride and always wants to be top man, the type of man who knows what it is like to win silverware, that is what we need.

    The report above isnt quite right, Marseille want to keep him, however they know that he is upset at his treatment earlier on in the season, the manager did an interview and stated he wanted to keep him, however Cisse had already said he wanted a return to the premiership, they will have to let him go if the asking price is met, so I took that as a clause like Martins had/has.

  • Lew Davies

    May 27, 2008 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #35

    Stami – Trouble is NUFC cant sign a Gomis, or Dianne etc so probably this is as good as we can expect…… for now at least.
    I think he could do a good job for us. He does have a lot of aggression and determination, and does score some good goals. But its the supply to the forwards that we desperatly need to sort out this close season. We are bereft of a decent midfield and have been for too long now. KK must sign at least 2 quality MF’s or we are going to struggle for another season. MA should get Turan at any cost IMO. He can provide the spark that is missing at the mo……..(crosses fingers and hopes 🙂 )

  • Jim

    May 27, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #36

    Interesting BBC article about English players in the Premiership (especially after Blatters latest comments:

  • MarK

    May 27, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #37

    ‘internatnational rabies aids’ lol man, great improv name

  • Ben_BKK

    May 27, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #38

    Surely you don’t think Diane’s record is as good as Cisse’s? I’d prefer Cisse any day, Diane’s record pales in comparison…

  • Cam_Toon

    May 27, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #39

    No No No… does no-one remember his last game at SJP for the Rats.

    The Gate almost surged forward to lynch the rat.

    No chance, no way, no thank you.


  • Marty

    May 27, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #40

    Forget the strikers for now,that is not where our problems are at the mo.If we don`t get a3 or 4 midfielders including 2 wingers we are gonna be battling it out for 16-17th place n that is just not feckin good enough.
    MA is a good owner,has spent a load of cash gettin us outa trouble but we need 40-80 mill to see any changes next season anything less and it`s just takin the piss


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