As Papiss Cisse was scoring the only goal of the game at the International Stadium on Friday night, the Turkish media were claiming yet again that the striker had agreed terms to move to a Super Lig club.
On this occasion, the report states that the Newcastle striker has agreed a move to Trabzonspor.
AMK report that Cisse has allegedly agreed a 3m Euros (Approx £2.2m) a year deal to join the Turkish Super Lig club.
However, they also report that agreement hasn’t been reached with Newcastle United, due to their 5m Euros (Approx £3.6m) bid not matching United’s valuation.
This must be around about the tenth time in recent months that there have been claims of Papiss Cisse heading to Turkey, with only days ago tale sof him replacing Demba Ba who has left Besiktas for a move to China.
Whilst this latest one probably has as much credibility as those that have gone before, I find it easy to imagine that Mike Ashley would quite happily allow 30 year old Papiss Cisse to move on if a decent offer is put to him.
Especially with the Senegalese striker contracted to Newcastle until he is 32.
However, hopefully alongside credible signings such as Georginio Wijnaldum, Ashley has learnt his lesson and won’t sell a player like Cisse unless at least one quality striker is lined up to come in.