Newcastle United pair itching to be double Dembas

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PAPISS Demba Cisse is relishing forging a lethal partnership up front for Newcastle United with Senegalese countryman Demba Ba.

The 26-year-old was given permission to leave Senegal’s pre-African Cup of Nations training camp to sign for Newcastle and he yesterday completed the formalties of the deal on Tyneside.

Cisse has scored 37 goals in 65 appearances for the Bundesliga club.

And he cannot wait to pull on a black and white shirt alongside Ba, United’s leading scorer, when the pair return from the tournament in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

“It’s going to be a great honour to play with him – he’s a simply fantastic player,” said Cisse.

“I think we are going to make a formidable partnership.

“This is a partnership that we hope will get the fans excited and I’m certainly looking forward to it starting.”

Ba has been sensational for Newcastle since his move from West Ham United last summer, the striker having netted 15 Premier League goals for Alan Pardew’s side so far this season.

However, Cisse believes the best is yet to come from Ba.

“I have to congratulate Demba Ba for such a fantastic season,” added Cisse.

“That’s not just me, but all the people in Senegal and his international team-mates, but I’d like to pass on that message for him. He’s had a brilliant season and it can only get better.”