Newcastle saw off competition from a host of top clubs in the race to capture Papiss Demba Cisse last night, according to his agent Andy Evans.
The new number nine seems to be going down a treat already with fans who are looking forward to seeing a striker with an impressive goal return in action at St James’ Park.
However his impressive goal return alerted a whole host of top clubs, some of whom ply their trade in the Champions League, who were looking into the possibility of signing the 26-year-old only to be beaten to chase by plucky Newcastle United.
“There was a lot of interest and a host of top clubs were interested in Papiss, that’s why it was important to get a deal done tonight, huge teams were circling. I’m talking Champions League,” Evans told NUFC fans.
He continued: “Newcastle did an excellent job of completing this deal. They were interested in the summer and made numerous bids for the player, but Freiberg were holding out for their valuation of €15m.”
“The fee was agreed 9pm last night (Monday), Papiss had to come out of training camp and board a private jet set up by Newcastle at 7.10am local time this morning. He arrived here at midday and went through the formalities.”
Not bad going is it? Perhaps NUFC are becoming a dab hand at this transfer malarkey? I mean they’ve managed to bring in an awful lot of quality for reasonable prices and all of them fit into the much talked about transfer policy we have in place. Granted Cisse is at the older end of the spectrum, but at 26 years old he is still in it.
The question is how we’ve managed to beat off competition from Champions League clubs? I mean we don’t pay exorbitant wages and can’t offer European football at this present moment, so what have we pulled out of the bag to secure this deal?
Credit to everyone involved!