Papiss Cisse: 5 Clubs Most Likely to Make a Move

Dan SheridanContributor IJune 12, 2013

Papiss Cisse: 5 Clubs Most Likely to Make a Move

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    Speculation surrounding Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse has intensified over the past seven days, with the Magpies’ No. 9 on course for a preseason showdown with his club.

    As suggested by Graeme Yorke of the Daily Mail, the Senegal international has taken issue with the team’s new shirt sponsor and will allegedly refuse to wear next season’s kit.

    The 28-year-old, who has netted 26 times in 61 games for the Geordies, is also set to ask for a pay rise ahead of the new 2013-14 campaign, according to The Independent's Martin Hardy

    With doubts now clouding his future on Tyneside, and with Sky Sports reporting interest in the player from the Russian Premier League, we take a look at five clubs that could be ready to pounce should Newcastle decide to offload the forward.

1. Borussia Dortmund

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    Borussia Dortmund’s highly sought-after forward, Robert Lewandowski, could hold the key to any move for Papiss Cisse, with the Germans already credited with an interest in the Newcastle star by John Cross from the Mirror.

    While Lewandowski’s move to Bayern Munich looks to have collapsed, a string of the continent’s top clubs, including Manchester United and Chelsea, are now on high alert regarding the Polish international’s availability, as reported by Luke Edwards in The Telegraph.

    His potential exit could see Dortmund step up their interest in Cisse, paving the way for a return to the Bundesliga for a player who scored 39 times for SC Freiburg during a three-year stay before joining the Magpies in 2011.

    And while the Champions League runners-up wouldn’t be his only option, the chance to play for Jurgen Klopp in Europe’s premier club competition would offer a huge incentive.  

2. Anzhi Makhachkala

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    With Anzhi Makhachkala spending big money since being taken over by Russian billionaire Suleiman Kerimov in January 2011, it’s no surprise to see them linked with a move for Papiss Cisse.

    Managed by Dutchman Guus Hiddink, Anzhi have become major players in the European transfer market, splashing out almost £24 million to bring Samuel Eto’o to the club from Inter Milan two years ago.

    This summer is no exception, and having been liked with one Newcastle target already, according to Sky Tyne and Wear, they could be ready to follow up their interest in Cisse with a firm offer.

    But according to Michael Morgan of The Sun, Anzhi will have to pay serious money to prize the striker who knocked them out of the Europa League last season away from St. James’ Park.

3. Zenit St Petersburg

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    Alongside Anzhi Makhachkala, Zenit St Petersburg are another Russian club not averse to making huge signings, and they startled the football world in September last year by splashing out £83 million on Givanildo "Hulk" Souza and Axel Witsel.

    Having already resigned Anatoliy Tymoshchuk from European champions Bayern Munich this summer, Zenit are looking to go one better next season after missing out on the league title to CSKA Moscow by just two points. 

    But their runners-up spot does mean they are in a position to offer Champions League football to any potential signings, with their Italian manager Luciano Spalletti looking to spend big once more.

    With Papiss Cisse’s agent claiming his player has already attracted interest from Russia, as Sky Sports reports, a move to Zenit could well appeal should Newcastle decide to sell.

4. Tottenham Hotspur

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    According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur were monitoring the progress of Papiss Cisse back in December 2011, ahead of his explosive arrival in the Premier League.

    Some 10 months later, they were once again linked with the striker, this time by John Cross from the Mirror, as the Newcastle star failed to hit the heights of his remarkable debut campaign.

    Following reports from Darren Lewis of the Mirror that Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is looking to reshape his striking options this summer, could this be the window that sees the North Londoners finally make their move?

    Having kept track of Cisse’s progress since before his arrival in England, any encouragement from Newcastle could see Tottenham make an offer after missing out on a Champions League spot.

5. Atletico Madrid

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    It’s no secret that Atletico Madrid are in the market for a new star striker after losing talisman Radamel Falcao to Monaco last month for a reported fee of £50 million.

    The Colombian, who scored 28 league goals last term (a total only bettered by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo), has left Atletico in desperate need of a replacement.

    While Papiss Cisse has no prior experience of playing in Spain, Diego Simeone’s side have the ambition required to turn a few heads this summer, as demonstrated when they lifted last season’s Copa del Rey by beating rivals Real Madrid.

    And with Champions League football on offer, a move to the Estadio Vicente Calderon could well prove tempting for some of Europe’s top players over the coming months.