Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Piece of Papiss

According to reports, Freiburg striker Papiss Demba Cisse is on Tyneside for a medical ahead of a rumoured £10 million transfer. Allegedly also a target of 5under1and, Cisse was a player we were reportedly linked with in the summer as the transfer window started to close and our search for a striker grew ever more frantic.

Interestingly, in addition to having a pretty tidy scoring record in the Bundesliga, Cisse is also an international teammate of Demba Ba and is currently in Senegal's African Cup of Nations squad. How he is currently on Tyneside, rather than training in Gabon is beyond me, but presumably he's been released to sort out a move, rather than been allowed to join up later with the Senegal team than Demba Ba.

Anyway, if the deal is to go through, it looks a prudent signing by bolstering our attacking options (albeit not for the duration of the ACN). It should also push Big Lad, O'Best and HBA to try harder in the contest for places, whilst also nudging the Lone Ranger and Peter Lovenkrands towards the door.

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