It has been a quiet transfer window so far this month, but Newcastle have surprised victor chandler free bets with their swoop for Papiss Cisse from German side Freiburg for £10 million.
Newcastle fans will have to wait to see their new striker in action however, as he is on international duty with Senegal at the African Cup of Nations where Eygypt are the stan james free bets favourites.
The Senegalese striker has signed a five and a half year contract at the Sports Direct Arena (St James Park to you and me), and Cisse has already been speaking of his delight to join the club and has expressed his excitement of playing in the premier league.
Cisse, has been handed the famous number 9 shirt told the official club website:
“It is an honour to play for such a big club and I am looking forward to it.
“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 No.9 shirt and when I spoke to the manager he made it very clear how important this shirt is.
“I will treat it with respect and I hope to do my very best in this shirt.”
Alan Pardew has claimed that Cisse was his number one transfer target since the departure of Andy Carrol last season, and he will form a partnership with Demba Ba who has been in sensational form for the Magpies this season.
The thought of the two players in the forming a Partnership is certainly an exciting prospect for the club. Although it will be interesting to see if the two can work together and both score goals! We have seen a number of world class strikers struggle to work with another strike partner, and perhaps Cisse might just upset the dynamics of what is currently a very effective Newcastle attack?
Nevertheless, their is no disputing that Cisse is a great signing and a great player and Pardew has stated that he has already contacted Demba Ba about Cisse, which shows that he too doesn’t want to upset the apple cart. Pardew said:
“He is a finisher with an already-established CV in the Bundesliga, where we have monitored him for the best part of two years.
“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 African 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 No.9 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.”
Newcastle have already been a joy to watch this season and they could well be even better in 2012!