Sky Sports report that their Newcastle United sources have told them that Papiss Cisse is up for sale.

The broadcaster said that Newcastle are welcoming offers for the 30 year old striker who finished top scorer last season with 11 goals, despite missing ten matches through suspensions for elbowing and spitting, plus ongoing injury problems with his knee.

The willingness of Mike Ashley to sell Papiss Cisse was revealed as Sky published quotes from an interview with the Senegalese forward.

In the quotes Papiss Cisse said that he wants to stay at Newcastle and welcomed new Head Coach Steve McClaren, though interestingly he revealed that he had only one and a half years left on his contract rather than the two years that was generally understood to be the case.

Cisse signed in January 2012 and therefore apparently signed a five year contract taking him up to January 2017.

Papiss Cisse:

“I am at Newcastle and I have one and a half years (left on my) contract. I am a Newcastle striker and I just think about my holiday, when I go back to Newcastle I will try to work hard and try to make the team.

“It’s good for Newcastle because he has been the England manager before. It is good to change something in the team.”

Spitting incident with Jonny Evans:

“I accept that is not football, football is to enjoy and I know I am a good person.

“That happens just in football and outside football you would never see that happen with me