Monday, January 23, 2012

Pardew gets his man

Senegal striker Papiss Demba Cisse will team up with international team-mate Demba Ba at Newcastle United after signing from Freiburg for a fee thought to be around £10m.

Cisse has signed a five-and-a-half-year at the club and will wear the much-coveted number nine shirt. The 26-year-old will have to wait for his Newcastle debut due to his involvement in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Cisse said: "I would like to thank everybody for their welcome, and for inviting me to sign for the club. I want to pay back the confidence the club have shown in me and give the supporters something to be proud of."

The striker said he understands the tradition of the club and is "aware of the huge importance of the number nine shirt".  Cisse has scored nine goals in 15 league games in the Bundesliga this season.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew insisted Cisse was always his first choice replacement for Andy Carroll, who left to join Liverpool last January, and was delighted to have finally landed his man who will no doubt have a great impact on their football scores between now and the end of the season.

Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias echoed the manager’s thoughts: "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 going forward. "

Cisse signed the deal before flying back out to rejoin his new clubmate Demba Ba in the Senegal squad. The new Newcastle strike pairing may have to wait until the middle of February before they play their first Live Football together in a black and white shirt, depending on Senegal’s progress in the competition.

Newcastle fans will have to wait to see their new favourite in the famous number nine shirt.

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