Newcastle double their Dembas, sign Papiss Demba Cisse from Freiburg
Newcastle obviously think they’ve hit on a successful transfer formula, so they’re sticking to it. They’ve brought another Senegal international striker called Demba with a history of playing in the Bundesliga.
Papiss Demba Cisse has signed from Freiburg in a five-and-a-half-year deal, for an undisclosed fee thought to be in the region of £10 million.
Unfortunately for the Magpies, both their Dembas are at the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal.
Cisse, aged 26, will become Newcastle’s new number 9, following in the footsteps of Hughie Gallacher, Jackie Milburn, Wyn Davies, Malcolm MacDonald, Mick Quinn, Andy Cole, Les Ferdinand and Alan Shearer.
He said: “I would like to thank everybody for their welcome, and for inviting me to sign for the club.
“I want to pay back the confidence the club have shown in me and give the supporters something to be proud of.
“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.”
Magpies boss Alan Pardew says Cisse was always his number one option to replace Andy Carroll.
He said: “Ever since Andy Carroll left, Papiss was my first choice in the specific role he has at the end of the play.
“He is a finisher with an already-established CV in the Bundesliga, where we have monitored him for the best part of two years.
“Unfortunately he was out of reach, financially, for us in the summer, but it recently became apparent that Derek Llambias and Lee Charnley could do the deal in this window.
“It has become obvious this season that the team and the club have done exceptionally well, and Mike Ashley has backed me to bring this player to the club.
“I would like to thank Mike, Derek and everyone involved for getting this deal over the line.
“I spoke to Demba about Papiss, and he cannot wait to join up with his team-mate in Newcastle.
“In the short-term, of course, he is at the Africa Cup of Nations, but the competition he will bring to our squad when he joins up with us should inspire the players and reassure them of this club’s ambition.
“Our fans know that this shirt brings its own pressures. One of the iconic numbers in world football – the number nine of Newcastle.
“It will be only fair that Papiss is given time to understand the responsibility it brings.
“As the manager, I wish him all the luck in the world to bring success to himself and this club.”
Via BBC Sport