Papiss Cisse’s Newcastle tenure could be drawing to a close, with the Toon allegedly interested in offering him up as bait in a swap deal involving Loic Remy.
The French international is currently on loan at St James’ Park, but Alan Pardew is keen to get a permanent move struck in order to fend off interest from parties of greater stature after the stellar campaign the former Marseille man has enjoyed thus far.
Assuming his parent club QPR claim promotion back to the Premier League this season, Remy’s price is likely to be subject to mass inflation with the R’s no longer in dire need to sell, so sweetening the deal with Cisse, plus cash, could be their only means of tying the in-form striker to a long-term contract.
In just eight starts, Remy has celebrated seven goals in Magpie black and white, limiting his Senegalese understudy’s involvement to a minimum.
The former Freiburg frontman has been restricted to six league starts this season, as opposed to the 35 he made as the club’s first-choice spearhead last term. What’s worse though is that, in his handful of starts, he’s failed to find the back of the net as his in-front-of-goal frustrations that haunted him last time around continue to have a debilitating effect.
This must come as a massive disappointment to Newcastle fans when you consider the electric start he made to his Tyneside career, finding the net 13 times in 14 starts following a winter transfer from the Bundesliga in 2011/12.
As one of the club’s biggest bread-winners, it’s not healthy for Newcastle’s aspirations for the season having Cisse saturate their wage budget without contributing anything to the team, despite Pardew’s insistence that he wants his number nine to stay put.
Whether Cisse features as a potential Remy-snaring makeweight remains to be seen, but he will need to rediscover his goal-scoring touch should the Toon replicate the feat they achieved two seasons back and finish in the top six, something Ladbrokes quote them at 22/1 to do.
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