Newcastle United are keen to sell Papiss Cisse in this summer transfer window, but have so far knocked back interest in the player as they wait for the right offer, according to The Mail.
The newspaper report that United are keen to sell the Senegalese striker to make way for, and help fund, the arrival of two new strikers.
Turning 30 earlier this month, Papiss Cisse is said to be looking for around £80,000 a week for what will almost certainly be his last big move and contract.
Recent times have seen the Newcastle number nine linked with clubs in Qatar, China and Russia, all leagues which could potentially give Cisse that kind of money, though he would be basically sacrificing the rest of his playing career in terms of a top class competitive league.
Along with every other media outlet, The Mail name Charlie Austin and Saido Berahino as Newcastle’s preferred choices as United’s new strike force, however they state that their information is that Newcastle would expect to pay less than £15m each for either/both of them.
With such a premium on credible goalscorers who have shown they can already do it in the Premier League, talk of Newcastle paying up to £9m for Wolfsburg’s 6ft 5 striker Bas Dost looks a more likely scenario.
Papiss Cisse’s departure of course would mean the club seeing their only current out and out goalscorer leaving the club, having easily finished top scorer with 11 goals last season from very limited opportunities.
With only 15 days to go until pre season training begins and only three and a half weeks until Newcastle fly out to America for an overseas tour and training camp, time is fast disappearing for a new look squad to take shape and prepare properly for a big season ahead.
The new Premier League fixtures are released tomorrow (Wednesday) which will mark only 52 days until the PL kicks off again, once we see the schedule of matches that lie ahead it will appear so much more real.