Senegal international makes St James’ Park move.
Senegal striker Papiss Demba Cisse has joined Newcastle United from Bundesliga club Freiburg in a five-and-a-half-year deal, for an undisclosed fee.
The 26-year-old agreed the move before flying out to the Africa Cup of Nations, where he will join his new clubmate Demba Ba in the Senegal squad.
“It is an honour to play for such a big club,” he said after signing.
“I am aware of the huge importance of the number nine shirt and, when I spoke with the manager, he made it very clear how important this shirt is.
“I will treat it with the respect and I hope to do my very best in this shirt.”
Although Cisse was valued at around £14m in the summer, it is thought Newcastle paid closer to £10m in their quest for a long-term successor to Andy Carroll, who joined Liverpool for approximately £35m in the 2011 January transfer window.
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So the imminent arrival of Papiss Cisse should get Alan Pardew’s alternative striking options the push they need to impress over the next month as the Mapgies also deal with the loss of Demba Ba to the African Nations Cup, leaving the likes of Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands, Shola and Sammy Ameobi the opportunity to impress the St James’ Park boss.
Some Newcastle United fans will worry that Mike Ashley’s willingness to fork out £10m for Freiburg striker Cisse could be a precursor to a possible sale of Demba Ba, who reportedly has a clause in his contract that would allow the former West Ham man to leave if a club were to offer £10m for his services.
Cisse has been a consistent performer in the Bundesliga, scoring freely for a fairly average side and Pardew will hope that the 26 year old can form a healthy partnership with his fellow Senegal international for the remainder of the season as Newcastle United look to secure European qualification.