News this morning that media in the middle east claim that a number of clubs in both Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have shown interest in buying Papiss Cisse.
The Newcastle striker has been linked with a move to the Middle East a number of times, with claims in January that a deal almost went through then.
In both of these neighbouring countries the transfer window is yet to close, with it being whether the window in the country of the buying club dictating whether a transfer can still happen, rather than the selling one.
When asked on Friday about his reaction to the Premier League transfer deadline day, Steve McClaren said he was relieved Newcastle hadn’t lost any of their best players.
However, when later asked about whether Papiss Cisse would start at West Ham, the Head Coach was lukewarm in his answer and simply talked about United having a number of options such as Ayoze Perez and others.
Papiss Cisse hasn’t looked at his best so far and after having a shocker against Swansea, along with most of the rest of the team, the striker has hardly figured.
He was brought on for the last two minutes at Old Trafford and then despite Newcastle trailing, Cisse was only given the final 12 minutes against Arsenal, with Ayoze Perez coming off the bench before him.
The reports from the Middle East claim that Papiss Cisse is one of a handful of strikers aged 30 and over who are interesting clubs in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
Two other forwards are named: 32 year old Oscar Cardozo who is currently at Trabzonspor and 31 year old Emmanuel Adebayor who has been frozen out at Tottenham.
If a credible offer did come in for Papiss Cisse then it would be interesting to see if the player and/or Mike Ashley were interested in the deal happening.
I think all the signs are that Ayoze Perez could be seen as first stand-in for Aleksandar Mitrovic and both McClaren and first team coach Paul Simpson have sang the Spanish striker’s praises in recent days.
With Cisse one of the biggest wage earners and turning 32 before his Newcastle contract runs out, my money would be on Ashley being more than happy to sell and potentially open up the possibility of a replacement arriving in January, with Charlie Austin an interesting possibility.