Report: Newcastle striker Cisse not interested in joining Chinese side

Newcastle United forward Papiss Cisse will apparently not leave to join Shanghai SIPG.

Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse does not want to move to China at this stage of his career, according to a report in the Chronicle

Cisse has been linked with a move to Shanghai SIPG in recent times by the Chronicle, but the Senegalese international is apparently not interested in the transfer. 

The experienced forward reportedly still feels that he has a lot to offer and, although he would receive a pay rise if he did move to Shanghai, he would rather keep playing at a high level. 

The likes of Galatasaray and Swansea City are also said to be keen on the striker according to the Daily Mirror and either of the pair seemingly would be his preferred choice. 

The suggestion that Newcastle are happy to let him leave comes as somewhat of a surprise, considering his goalscoring form, but his fitness issues remain a concern.

Cisse has rarely been able to start this campaign, with knee problems plaguing his year, and his unreliability means that the Magpies could be tempted to cash in.

Doing so is still a big risk for the Tyneside club, though, as the 29-year-old has been their main source of goals this campaign, despite his lack of game-time. 

Cisse has managed to score nine goals in 13 matches this term and he will argue that this is proof that he still has the capabilities to perform in Europe's toughest leagues. 

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