TRANSFER WINDOW: Senegal striker Cisse leaves Freiburg to join Newcastle

Papiss Demba Cisse has joined Newcastle.
Papiss Demba Cisse has joined Newcastle.
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Newcastle have signed Senegalese striker Papiss Demba Cisse from Freiburg on a five-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The club confirmed the deal tonight and are thought to have spent in the region of £10million on the 26-year-old, who is an international team-mate of new Magpies strike partner Demba Ba.

Cisse has nine Bundesliga goals to his name so far this season and scored for his country in their 1-0 victory over Kenya in a warm-up game for the African Nations Cup, which gets under way in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon on Saturday.

“I would like to thank everybody for their welcome, and for inviting me to sign for the club,” he said.

“I want to pay back the confidence the club have shown in me, and give the supporters something to be proud of.”

Magpies boss 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.

“Unfortunately he was out of reach, financially, for us in the summer, but it recently became apparent that Derek Llambias (managing director) and Lee Charnley (club secretary) could do the deal in this window.

“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 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.”