Tuesday 17 January 2012

Newcastle sign striker Cisse

Senegalese frontman joins Magpies from German side Freiburg

Papiss Cisse will not get to run out at the Sports Direct Arena until February

Newcastle have completed the signing of Senegalese striker Papiss Cisse for an undisclosed fee on a five-and-a-half year contract.

The 26-year-old joins the Barclays Premier League club from German Bundesliga side Freiburg, where he enjoyed a prolific spell, scoring 37 goals in 65 matches.

He will join up with his country Senegal for the African Cup of Nations before settling into life on Tyneside, having been given Newcastle's famous number nine shirt.

"It is an honour to play for such a big club and I am looking forward to it"
- Papiss Cisse

"I would like to thank everybody for their welcome, and for inviting me to sign for the club," Cisse told the club's official website (nufc.co.uk). "It is an honour to play for such a big club and I am looking forward to it.

"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."

Manager Alan Pardew added: "Ever since Andy Carroll left, Papiss was my first choice in the specific role he has at the end of the play.

"He is a finisher with an already-established CV in the Bundesliga, where we have monitored him for the best part of two years.

"It has become obvious this season that the team and the club have done exceptionally well, and [owner] Mike Ashley has backed me to bring in this player. I would like to thank Mike and everyone involved for getting this deal over the line.

"The competition Papiss will bring to our squad when he joins up with us should inspire the players and reassure them of this club's ambition."

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Key Points

  • Newcastle sign Senegalese striker Papiss Cisse
  • He joins on undisclosed fee for five-and-a-half years
  • Now joins up with country for African Cup of Nations