Cisse trains on Tyneside as Newcastle team-mates get down to work in Portugal

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PAPISS Cisse reported for training at Newcastle’s training ground yesterday – as his team-mates were put through their paces in Portugal.

The striker’s dispute with the club over sponsors Wonga is seemingly no nearer being resolved.

Cisse, a devout Muslim, has refused to wear Wonga-branded kit on religious grounds.

The 28-year-old was willing to travel to Portugal, but only if he didn’t have to wear the kit which Newcastle’s players are contractually obliged to wear.

The club have instead made provision for him to train on Tyneside.

With a successful resolution looking increasingly unlikely, Cisse’s days at St James’s Park look numbered, with the two sides’ positions having become entrenched.

The Senegal international’s departure would leave Newcastle needing to find a replacement, as well as sign the two strikers manager Alan Pardew said he wanted earlier this month.

Lyon owner Jean-Michel Aulas has claimed United have made contact about forward Bafetimbi Gomis along with Premier League rivals Aston Villa.

Newcastle were interested in Gomis during Kevin Keegan’s second spell as manager, when the 27-year-old was at Saint-Etienne.

And reports in France have also suggested that Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, 27, has been offered to Newcastle.

United have an interest in Gignac, but Marseille’s £12million valuation is considered too high.

Pardew’s top striking target is Villa’s Darren Bent.

It remains to be seen which proposed deals new director of football Joe Kinnear recommends to owner Mike Ashley.