Magpies boss defiant over striker sale.
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has said that any club hoping to sign struggling striker Papiss Cisse in the new year will have to dig deep as he will not be sold on the cheap, according to The Journal.
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The manager last week said that he is expecting a bid, or at least an enquiry, for the Senegalese hit man, who has seen his career on Tyneside grind to a terrifying halt.
Cisse has yet to find the back of the net in the Premier League this term, and has barely been used in recent weeks despite being quoted at £20m during last summer’s transfer window.
However, Pardew believes that though he has had his troubles in front of goal, a manager needing some added firepower will likely come knocking in the new year.
“I would suggest to any club to just look at Mike Ashley’s record of selling players. Would he cost a lot? (That’s) correct,” he said.
“He is training well, looks sharp and looks ready. I genuinely think before we get to the FA Cup game (against Cardiff City on January 4), he will have played and he is going to have to take his chance now because Shola Ameobi has done well.
“Loic Remy is playing well and Hatem Ben Arfa looked terrific when he came on at Manchester United.
“So he is in the pool now and if he wants to be a regular which Remy is now – and you could not argue with that – he needs to take his chance when he gets it.
“I am sure he is not ecstatic because footballers want to play. I have no problem with that.
“He certainly has not sulked about it. He is trying to do his job. It is not easy. He is not used to it.
“He has previously been a regular for us and has been a regular throughout his career.”
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