This morning, Newcastle United’s ‘Preferred media partner’ Sky Sports reported that they had been told by club sources/sauces that NUFC were welcoming offers for striker Papiss Cisse.

The broadcaster also though carrying quotes (see below) from Cisse saying that the 30 year old striker was going to be working hard to try and get into Newcastle’s team this coming season.

With the local press giving a lot of coverage recently to the club supposedly offering Charlie Austin the number nine shirt as an added attraction of a move to Tyneside, Papiss Cisse has now sent his own riposte to Charlie Austin and anybody else who thinks he is going to give up the famous shirt easily.

Using his Twitter account Papiss Cisse said on Tuesday afternoon:

‘I’m proud to be wearing the number 9 shirt and I’m looking forward to this season!’

My take on it is that Mike Ashley is very keen to sell Papiss Cisse this summer and indeed I think he would have tried a year ago if the striker hadn’t been injured.

I don’t think there is any way that the Newcastle owner will give 30 year old Papiss Cisse a contract extension.

So I think Ashley’s minions will be doing everything they can to ‘encourage’ the player to leave, from what Cisse has had to say I don’t think he is going to go quietly.

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Papiss Cisse Quotes from the Sky article earlier today:

“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