Manuel Pellegrini is rumoured to have made a new marksman his major target for next month, with Sergio Aguero having been ruled out for up to eight weeks with a knee injury.
The Chilean has Edin Dzeko and Steven Jovetic to call on in his absence, but loanee Alvaro Negredo is unlikely to return from a loan spell at Valencia.
With keeping up with Chelsea in the Premier League title battle on Pellergini’s mind, he wants to add more goals to his attacking line, and has targeted Cisse.
The Senegalese forward has struggled with injuries since making a stunning start to life in English football back in 2012, yet his return to full-fitness has allowed him to notch an impressive seven goals this term – including two in the win over Chelsea last weekend.
Pellegrini is rumoured to be a big fan of the 29-year-old, and is ready to test Newcastle’s willingness to keep him with a £20m offer.
Saido Berahino of West Brom and Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke are alternatives.