What a signing Papiss Cissé has proved to be but he could have easily gone to the dark place!
In an interview with the Daily Mirror, the Senegalese striker reveals that both the mackems and Fulham were after him, following a move to Bayern Munich breaking down.
“Initially I was meant to be going to Bayern Munich, in the end it didn’t happen.
In England, Sunderland and Fulham wanted me. Then at the last minute my agent told me, when I was in Senegal, ‘I’ve booked a flight to Paris, then Newcastle. If all goes well, you’ll sign there’.
The next day, I was there. By 5pm, I’d finished the medical, and by 8pm, I’d signed.
As I was going to the Africa Cup of Nations, Pardew had prepared a DVD for me, which I watched every evening in my hotel room.
It’s the Newcastle style more than the Premier League that suits me. There are lots of French players here.
You probably can’t underestimate the attraction of the players who are already at a football club and maybe explains why Arsene Wenger’s French recruitment has worked so well over the years.
I suppose the big question though is what was on Alan Pardew’s video? A profile of Newcastle or sunderland, or both!