Newcastle United FC have reinforced their striking options by completing the signing of Senegalese international Papiss Demba Cissé from SC Freiburg on a five-and-a-half-year contract.
The 26-year-old forward agreed terms with the Premier League side in a deal thought to be worth about €12m before flying out to the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea – and joining his new club-mate Demba Ba in the Senegal squad.
Although Freiburg are at the foot of the German Bundesliga, Cissé scored nine goals in 17 top-flight matches this term, and a total of 37 from 65 league appearances since arriving from FC Metz in January 2010. He has also registered nine goals in 15 internationals.
"It is an honour to play for such a big club," said Cissé, who will wear the No9 shirt made famous by Newcastle predecessors Jackie Milburn, Malcolm MacDonald, Andy Cole and Alan Shearer. "I would like to thank everybody for their welcome and for inviting me to sign for the club.
"I want to pay back the confidence the club have shown in me and give the supporters something to be proud of. I am aware of the huge importance of the No9 shirt and, when I spoke with the manager, he made it very clear how important this shirt is. I will treat it with respect and hope to do my very best."
"Ever since Andy Carroll left, Papiss was my first choice in the specific role he has," added Newcastle manager Alan Pardew. "He is a finisher with an already established CV in the Bundesliga, where we have monitored him for the best part of two years. I spoke to Demba about Papiss and he cannot wait to join up with his team-mate in Newcastle."
The Magpies occupy sixth place in the Premier League, level with Arsenal FC but four points adrift of Chelsea FC in fourth.
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