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Pardew – “Papiss Was My First Choice”

10 years ago

Alan Pardew, who must be one of the coolest customers ever at Newcastle United, has rubber-stamped the arrival of Demba Cissé by stating that the striker was always his first choice to replace the gap left by Andy Carroll.

He further went on to state that United have monitored the players for some time and couldn’t afford to buy him last summer, whether that is because the player’s transfer fee has dropped and/or because the funds weren’t made available then, we’ll no doubt never know.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew said: “Ever since Andy Carroll left, Papiss was my first choice in the specific role he has at the end of the play. He is a finisher with an already-established CV in the Bundesliga, where we have monitored him for the best part of two years.

Unfortunately he was out of reach, financially, for us in the summer, but it recently became apparent that Derek Llambias and Lee Charnley could do the deal in this window.

It has become obvious this season that the team and the Club have done exceptionally well, and Mike Ashley has backed me to bring this player to the Club.

I spoke to Demba about Papiss and he cannot wait to join up with his teammate in Newcastle… the competition he will bring to our squad when he joins up with us should inspire the players and reassure them of this Club’s ambition”.

I can’t wait to see the two of them together in black & white.




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