The club's top scorer is nearing an exit from St. James' Park, according to the latest reports.
With two years left on his contract, it seems the club's board see this summer as the perfect opportunity to recoup the majority of the £9.3 million paid to Bundesliga side SC Freiburg in 2012.
Since his arrival, the 30-year-old's time on Tyneside has been inconsistent at best but a return of 41 goals in 109 appearances is a respectable record. Crucially 11 of those goals last season earned Newcastle 10 league points that saved the club from what would have been a devastating relegation.
Despite this, Cisse has a less than desirable disciplinary record which may have swayed the Magpies' decision to offload the striker whilst his stock is high.
The Senegal hitman served a three-match ban for violent conduct after elbowing Everton defender Seamus Coleman in December, as well as a seven-match ban for spitting at Manchester United’s Jonny Evans in March.
Alongside this, Cisse has been criticised for his play away from goal, with a poor first touch and a penchant for losing possession quickly amongst his shortcomings.
Nevertheless, a striker is judged on his goals and Cisse has delivered.
With Newcastle short on options up front and using a goal-shy Emmanuel Rivière, an injury-prone Siem De Jong and a blossoming but still improving Ayoze Pérez, allowing Cisse to leave at this juncture with no replacement on the books is a move The Toon cannot afford to make.
Second choice behind Austin is Dutch forward Bas Dost, whose 20 goals for Germany side Wolfsburg have put him on the radar of many of Europe’s top clubs. Again however, Newcastle reportedly value the striker at around £8.5 million, whilst Wolfsburg’s Sporting Director Klaus Allofs has stated that £30 million is a more realistic fee, as per the Express.
With the depth at the club as it is, the smarter move for the Magpies would be to keep their current number 9 and continue to recruit. With new blood, the competition for places will intensify just as it did when Cisse and former Toon striker Demba Ba both vied to be the spearhead of Newcastle’s attack in 2012 and the goals flowed.
As recent history has demonstrated however, Newcastle are a selling club and the likelihood of Cisse’s departure is high with suitors looming.
Newcastle’s decision to stick or twist could mean the difference between competing against Stoke, West Ham, Swansea and Everton for a top half finish and fighting with Bournemouth, Norwich, Leicester and Watford to escape the Premier League trapdoor.