Newcastle United sign Papiss Demba Cissé from Freiburg
Senegal striker Papiss Demba Cissé joins his international team-mate Demba Ba at Newcastle United on five-and-a-half year deal
Newcastle United have signed Senegalese striker Papiss Demba Cissé on a five-and-a-half year deal from Bundesliga side Freiburg for a reported £10m fee.
The 26-year-old, who flew back from Africa Cup of Nations duty with Senegal, was at Newcastle’s training ground on Tuesday for talks and a medical after the two clubs reached an agreement for the transfer of the striker.
“It is an honour to play for such a big club,” said Cissé, who will wear the No9 shirt for the Magpies. “I would like to thank everybody for their welcome, and for inviting me to sign for the club,” he added.
“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.”
Cissé has been in prolific for his club this term, netting nine goals in 17 league appearances for Freiburg.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew said Cissé was a long-term target for the Magpies. “Ever since Andy Carroll left, Papiss was my first choice in the specific role he has at the end of the play,” he 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.
“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.”