'They would have to spend a lot of money' - Newcastle boss on...

Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew is keen to hold on to striker Cisse, despite his poor start to the season

Papiss Cisse has endured a difficult season so far, and has been linked with a move to Borussia Dortmund in January. However Newcastle United manager, Alan Pardew has no intention of selling him, and said it would take a very large offer to prise him away from St James' Park.

FourFourTwo have reported that Pardew has insisted that there are no plans to sell the misfiring forward. The Magpies manager said "I am sure that, come January, a lot of teams will be looking at our situation. But they'd have to spend a lot of money to get him (Cisse)."

Cisse has found himself behind Loic Remy and Shola Ameobi in recent games and Pardew has admitted that he probably isn't happy with that factor, but no footballer would be. "He is trying to do his job, but it is not easy. He has previously been a regular throughout his career, so this is not an easy thing to deal with."

When Cisse joined Newcastle United from Freiburg in January 2012 he hit the ground running straight away. He scored 13 goals in 14 games that season. However last season his partnership with Demba Ba didn't quite reach the heights that were expected. Ba played well, and then went off to Chelsea, leaving Cisse with a big burden which he did not fill. Another 13 goals were scored last season but this time from 47 games.

He has only scored one goal this season, coming in the Capital One Cup. Newcastle have been in great form recently, with Remy and Ameobi in particular putting in some superb performances. It will be hard for Cisse to displace either of those at this rate.

Pardew is right to want to keep him. We've seen he is a superb player on his day, and it would be silly for Newcastle to sell a player of his talent. They don't have a great deal of forwards at the club and for now Cisse will just have to bide his time.

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