Monday afternoon saw Senegal beat Ghana in their opening African Nations fixture but Papiss Cisse was watching from the bench, contemplating a reported £150,000 a week offer from Chinese club, Shanghai SIPG.
A late goal from Moussa Sow gave Cisse’s country a win in their first group match but the Newcastle striker had the full 90 minutes to consider his options at club level.
Following Swansea interest after the sale of Wilfried Bony and Bafetmbi Gomis saying he may be on the move, The Times have reported that Shanghai SIPG are prepared to offer £8m for Papiss Cisse and pay him that £150,000 weekly wage to tempt him to move to China.
The newspaper reports that this would be five times his Newcastle wage.
Sven Goran Eriksson is the Chinese club’s manager and if Mike Ashley doesn’t shift Cisse now, he will be left in the summer with a thirty year old striker who has only 12 months left on his contract.
Hard to imagine the Newcastle owner knocking back any £5m+ offer if he believes United are all but safe already from relegation.
Alan Pardew regularly gave the excuse of worries about Papiss Cisse’s knee operation recovery as the reason for not playing him this season, whether that will hamper any potential medical remains to be seen.
Cheick Tiote and Ivory Coast kick-off their African Nations campaign this afternoon, all fixtures and times can be seen HERE.