United and City set for transfer battle over Magpie

Manchester United and Manchester City are ready to open a bidding war for Newcastle hitman Papiss Cisse, according to Mirror Football.

The Senegal international has been a revelation in Tyneside since moving to the club in January, scoring 13 goals in 14 appearances, along with a number of eye-catching long range efforts.

The African forward joined Alan Pardew’s men from Freiburg for £10 million during the last transfer window, however with Newcastle missing out on Champions League qualification it is believed that some of the side’s stars could be lured away by the top four sides.

The daily newspaper indicate that United in particular are keen on Cisse’s signature, but City will also enter the bidding should any progress be made.

Newcastle will be keen to hang on to their star players, and will not want to lose Cisse after just signing him in January.

By Gareth McKnight

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