Troubled Newcastle forward becomes Turkish target

Papiss Cisse

Newcastle forward Papiss Cisse may yet leave St James’ Park this summer despite ending his row over the club’s shirt sponsor, following interest from Turkish club Trabzonspor, according to the Daily Mail.

Cisse has only recently returned to the fold at Newcastle after going on strike over refusal to wear the club’s new shirt which is sponsored by loan company Wonga, as it went against his religious beliefs.

However the Senegalese international may yet quit the club following the Turks’ interest, with him well aware Newcastle are holding ongoing talks to bring in two new strikers.

The club have targeted QPR forward Loic Remy and Bafetimbi Gomis of Marseille to lead the line at St James’ Park next season, meaning Cisse could well find himself on the bench should both deals go through.

Trabzonspor have enquired about the 28-year-old, having already raided the Premier League to secure the signings of former Chelsea duo Florent Malouda and Jose Bosingwa.

Cisse has an excellent goal record at St James’ Park, and has become a fans’ favourite since signing in January 2012.

He has a total of 21 goals in 50 appearances for the North East club, many of which have proved spectacular strikes.

He lost his way somewhat towards the back end of last season following the sale of fellow countryman Demba Ba to Chelsea, which has convinced Newcastle to head into the market for new striking options.

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