PAPISS Cisse is expected to return for pre-season training at Newcastle United next month after talk of interest from Russia in the striker was rubbished last night, writes Ross Gregory.
Headlines yesterday claimed that cash-rich Anzhi Makhachkala were preparing a £15.4million bid for the Senegal star.
Agent Guido Nickolay was quoted as saying a number of Russian sides were interested in the 27-year-old, who could command a wage of £2.5m a year if he moved.
But it emerged last night that Nickolay has not represented Cisse for a year, and insists he hasn’t had any negotiations over a transfer involving the player.
“I’m not his agent anymore,” Nickolay said. “I don’t know where the quotes from Russia have come from.
“I haven’t been his agent since last May, so I wouldn’t try to get him a deal.”
Cisse is believed to be represented now by London-based agency World in Motion.
They were contacted last night, but no one was available for comment.
Cisse endured a difficult season at Newcastle, firing 13 goals in 45 appearances as the club battled against relegation for the majority of the campaign.
His form in Europe was better than the Premier League, and he sprung to Anzhi’s notice when he knocked the Russian side out of the Europa League with an injury-time winner at St James’s Park.
It is understood that Newcastle value Cisse at closer to £20m.