John Carver has said that Newcastle turned down an offer for Papiss Cisse last week.

We brought news back then that  Arabian Gulf League champions Al Ahli were said to be trying to sign the Newcastle striker according to reports from Abu Dhabi.

The United Arab Emirates transfer window didn’t close until midnight on Thursday 12 February and now Carver claims that he was supported by the club, with Mike Ashley not cashing in on the striker.

John Carver:

“I wanted to keep hold of him and I was supported 100% by Lee (Charnley). It was a relief to be supported to be honest as it is a good sign.”

Goals win matches:

 “I said before he went off to the Africa Nations that he was our top goal scorer and that the only way you win matches is by scoring goals.

“I said to Papiss before the Palace game that he was back in the team, but not to feel pressure to score that night.”

Creating and missing chances:

“I said to him at half-time that he was having a pretty average night up until that one chance, and he was in the right area to score it. It’s amazing what that one goal can do as he has been lively about the place, he has been smiling.

“What I will say is that up until the Palace game we have been creating and missing chances. We haven’t taken those opportunities and if Papiss had been there he would have finished off one or two of them.”

There will be some fans cynical of the timing of these claims by John Carver, as both he and the club are getting so much stick for leaving the squad in such a perilous position in terms of the defence.

By getting rid of Mapou, Santon and Streete in January and bringing nobody in, United now have only four fit defenders to see out the season after Paul Dummett was ruled out.

If they had sold the club’s only credible out and out striker as well, it would have been a whole new low.



  • vin1892

    They obviously weren’t offered enough.

  • dont believe the hype

    It’s comforting to know that our local Geordie hero is being backed 100%, sorry, did I mention he was a Geordie !

  • Maximus Moose

    vin1892 Spot On
    Big Mike would sell his Mother for the right Prie

  • Maximus Moose

    dont believe the hype
    He eats Greggs Stotties so hes a Geordie

  • ” I wanted to keep him ”  makes it sound like Cisse wasn’t really needed but oh all right we’ll keep him.

  • wor monga

    Pappiss has never pushed to leave the club (even though he
    had concerns over the sponsorship at the start of last season that totally
    screwed up his confidence)…and what’s more important the club have never been
    pushing to sell the lad…despite all the anti-club stuff that you see on here.

    Carver knows that with Cisse and Ayoze up front coupled with
    some pacey service from the midfield (Aarons, Janmaat, Cabella, Haidara) maybe
    not today, but in the immediate future we can prove to be a real threat against any
    side.

  • dont believe the hype

    Wor monga,
    Cisse has been sh!te for two seasons, that’s why he hasn’t had the “vulnerable from offers by big clubs” spiel. Despite what Honest ‘Geordie’ John says, if a decent offer had of been made our leading scorer would be gone now.

  • wor monga

    dont believe the hype      I certainly don’t believe your hype!!   

    Well Pappiss…hasn’t gone, has he, and he is still scoring
    goals, despite coming back from a serious knee injury…so where exactly are you
    getting all of your information from…don’t tell me…it was those high pitched voices in your head!!!

  • dont believe the hype

    Wor monga,
    Why hasn’t he been offered a new deal then, because they want shot of him that’s why, why give him more money in the mean time ?

  • No Brainer

    wor monga Have to disagree with the concerns over sponsorship that was nothing other than posturing for a move or contract, he gambles and drinks on the list of judgement errors in the islamic faith a loan is way lower on the list.

  • GToon

    They didn’t sell him because the asking price wasn’t met, not because JC said no. Once it is met unfortunately JC will find that he has no say in it, just like his predecessors.