Newcastle United close to completing €12 million deal for Freiburg's Papiss Cisse

The Magpies look to have beaten off competition from local rivals Sunderland to secure the signature of the highly-rated Senegalese international forward
Newcastle United are close to completing a deal in the region of £10 million for highly-rated striker Papiss Cisse from Bundesliga side Freiburg.

Magpies boss Alan Pardew looks to have beaten off interest from Premier League rivals Sunderland to add the free-scoring 26-year-old to his attacking options.

Goal.com understands Cisse arrived at Newcastle’s training ground on Tuesday afternoon to complete his big-money move.

CISSE A 'MAJOUR COUP'
Goal.com's Rob Stewart:

“This is a major surprise and a major coup for Newcastle because Cisse has been earning rave reviews for his goal-scoring exploits in the Bundesliga.

“He has just been smuggled into the training complex to meet Alan Pardew and to have a look around the practice ground and it sounds as though a £10 million deal will be completed sooner rather than later.

“Now all they have to do is keep their Premier League rivals’ hands off Demba Ba for the rest of the month because that escape clause in his contract is not going go away.”
Cisse has been linked with a host of top European clubs including Arsenal after impressing with German side Freiburg, netting 37 goals in 65 appearances.

Newcastle are currently without fellow Senegalese striker Demba Ba after his departure to take part in the African Cup of Nations as they look to build on an impressive opening half to the season.

Cisse, also on international duty with Senegal, exclusively told Goal.com in November he believed he could be a big success playing in the Premier League.

“I want to test myself at a big club and I believe I would be a big success in England,” Cisse told Goal.com.

“I watch the Premier League and I am pleased that people are talking about me in the same sentence as good clubs.

“My aim is to be the best I can be, we will see what happens but my club know my position.”

Freiburg's spokesman Rudi Raschke has confirmed that Cisse flew to Newcastle with the permission of the club, according to DPA, but denied that there is already an agreement between the two sides.