Will Cisse remain at Newcastle?
As Joe Kinnear settles into his role as director of football at St James’ Park, rumours surrounding incomings and outgoings are still in full swing.
Inside Futbol reports that French champions Paris St-Germain are to make a formal offer for Newcastle’s chief playmaker Yohan Cabaye, while a number of other Magpies stars are catching the eye of other clubs.
In recent years, the Magpies have been tempted into selling their best players for a hefty fee, most notably Andy Carroll, who switched to Liverpool for a club record £35 million.
But Newcastle do not have to sell their best players in order to progress this summer.
Despite finishing 16th in the Premier League last season, the squad was largely similar to the one that finished 5th the season before and came so close to qualifying for the Champions League.
The influx of new arrivals in January further strengthened the squad, giving Alan Pardew the depth he desperately needed. Going into the new season, Pardew has the blessing of being able to focus only on his side's fortunes in the domestic campaign, something that could prove key if the Geordies go on to enjoy a successful period.
The spine of the Newcastle side is undoubtedly strong, with the likes of Fabricio Coloccini marshalling the defence alongside Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Moussa Sissoko the central figure in midfield.
Add to that the creativity of Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa, and you can see that this is not a side that is likely to become embroiled in an ugly relegation battle again next season.
The only area Newcastle need to improve on is the final third, where Papiss Cisse looked desperately fatigued last season. At least two more strikers are expected to sign for Newcastle, although with the current controversy surrounding Cisse, per BBC News, one of those may well prove to be the Senegal striker’s replacement rather than partner.
Other than that, the Magpies seem set to head into their opening league fixture against Manchester City with a healthy-looking squad, providing there are no last-minute transfer requests for the board to deal with.
It seems almost certain that Kinnear, Pardew and co. will be looking to sign more than they sell this summer but with the current persona in their ranks, there is no need to offload any of their prize assets this transfer window.