Newcastle United pulled off a coup today in the signing of Senegalese striker Papisse Demba Cisse. The former Freiburg striker has nine goals from 15 appearances so far this season, and finished last season as one of the top goalscorers in the Bundesliga with 22 goals to his name.
The striker signs on a 5 and-a-half year deal, and the transfer fee is thought to be in the region of £7.5 with various add-ons being thrown in too. The striker will wear the number 9 shirt which hasn’t been worn since Andy Carroll’s departure to Liverpool last January.
It remains to be seen however wether Cisse is a replacement for Demba Ba or a partner for him. A strike force of Ba and Cisse is enough to get the St. James’s Park faithful dreaming of Europe. There have been some rumours doing the rounds that Ba is now more likely to stay at Newcastle and play with his compatriot, but you would have to feel that European football would help persuade Ba ever so slightly.
A great day for Newcastle fans around the globe as many of us were thinking that only a defender was coming in this transfer window – and our attention now should be focused on that position.
Spare a thought for the Mackems who got their hopes up that Cisse would be joining them instead. C’mon lads, I’m sure Emile Heskey will do just fine.