News this morning that a Papiss Cisse transfer could be on the cards, as part of a deal that would see Borussia Monchengladbach’s Luuk De Jong heading to Tyneside.

Discussions are said to be ongoing and the move(s) could be made permanent straight away, or initially on a loan basis.

The Northern Echo also report that Joe Kinnear is expected shortly in Germany to try and conclude a deal.

cisse transferIf ever there were two strikers who needed fresh impetus it is De Jong and Cisse, both finding themselves frozen out.

The Dutch striker has only managed a paltry 72 minutes in the Bundesliga this season and hasn’t started a single match, Cisse has fared little better.

With 37 goals in only 65 league appearances for Freiburg, it is little wonder that a German club will still see plenty of potential in Cisse bouncing back to goalscoring form with a change of scenery.

Alan Pardew seems to have lost faith in Cisse and at best doesn’t see where there is a place for him in the current set up.

Some kind of swap deal would undoubtedly appeal to Mike Ashley with little change in the wage bill or in terms of a transfer fee, if any.