Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

United Strike a Pounds 7.5m Deal for Hitman Cisse; Magpies in Pounds 7.5m Deal for Ace Cisse

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

United Strike a Pounds 7.5m Deal for Hitman Cisse; Magpies in Pounds 7.5m Deal for Ace Cisse

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Byline: Mark Douglas

NEWCASTLE United have finally landed a replacement for Andy Carroll - by clinching a January deal for Senegal striker Papiss Demba Cisse.

United made their first transfer breakthrough of the January window by signing the Freiburg forward, who has penned a five-and-a-half year deal with the Magpies.

He will wear the number nine shirt - the first player to don it since Carroll swapped Tyneside for Merseyside in a pounds 35m move to Liverpool.

United have pulled off a significant coup in clinching a deal for prolific Freiburg striker Cisse, with his signing also ending their nearly year-long search for a replacement for Carroll.

The fee was reported to be around pounds 7.5million - potentially rising towards the pounds 9million mark.

He passed a medical and penned a long-term deal after jetting into Newcastle - before heading off for African Cup of Nations duty with Senegal the same day. He will not be available until the end of the month, having been selected in the same squad as new Newcastle team-mate Demba Ba for the team's assault on the tournament, held in Equitorial Guinea and Gabon.

The club are at pains to insist it does not mean Ba is available for transfer - with Newcastle looking to build on their brilliant start to the season.

A delighted Cisse said last night: "I am very happy here. When I heard about the deal I was delighted. It is a great opportunity for me, I was very happy to accept it. Newcastle United is a great club and I can't wait to play in front of these great supporters. "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."

Managing director Derek Llambias added: "We are very pleased to bring Papiss to the club. It is a signing which perfectly complements the type of side Alan is building, and we are sure he will prove to be an excellent acquisition.

"He has travelled a long way to come and sign with us today, and we thank the Senegalese Football Federation for their assistance in helping us secure the player. …

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