Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Magpies Will Resist Interest in Cisse; United Will Resist Interest for Papiss

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Magpies Will Resist Interest in Cisse; United Will Resist Interest for Papiss

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Byline: Mark Douglas Newcastle United Editor @msidouglas

PAPISS Cisse could be available in the summer for around PS5million - but Newcastle United will resist interest from the Chinese Super League suitors ready to offer them a quick pay-day on their No 9. Cisse (right) is back in the reckoning for United ahead of two critical games against Stoke and Bournemouth next month. They will be followed by a game against Leicester nine days later and there is absolutely no guarantee that stricken striker Aleksandar Mitrovic will be available for any of those three matches after the knee injury that saw him sit out the La Manga training camp.

Had United managed to land Saido Berahino in the January transfer window Cisse would likely have been allowed to leave - with a move to China a distinct possibility. His was one of the names on a shortlist drawn up back in December of potential Premier League players who could move to the newly-minted CSL - but now United know they need all the offensive firepower they can get.

That leaves them relying once again on Cisse, who scored 11 goals last season in a campaign that saw him miss large swathes through injury and suspension.

Newcastle would have listened to offers for Cisse - whose contract has 18 months to run - in the region of PS10million this summer and have been prepared to offer several of their striker targets recently the No 9 shirt. Berahino would have likely inherited it had a move from West Brom been negotiated.

Now, though, Cisse wants to write a final, celebratory chapter in a turbulent Newcastle career before a likely close-season departure.

The forward was unsettled at the start of this season when he lost his place to Turn to Page 54 FROM BACK PAGE Mitrovic and has had an up-anddown relationship with United's hierarchy. But part of his problem recently has been a feeling that he is surplus to requirements - and a first-team chance should focus his mind again in the run-in. …

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