Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse is up for sale - which three clubs could sign him?

Aston Villa, Bournemouth and West Brom could move for Newcastle star Cisse.

As confirmed by a report in the Northern Echo, Newcastle are ready to listen to offers for Papiss Cisse in the January transfer window.

Steve McClaren is keen to sell the Senegalese striker, having seen him struggle this season, and fail to adapt to the playing style that McClaren wants to utilise at St James’ Park.

Despite his struggles this term, Cisse is a talented Premier League level striker, with the 30-year-old proving his goalscoring record in over 100 games for the Magpies.

With his future on Tyneside looking over, we take a look at three potential clubs who could move for the Senegalese international in January.

Aston Villa

Villa have been struggling in front of goal this season, scoring just eight goals in eight games, with only Rudy Gestede and Scott Sinclair scoring more than once. Gestede looks an acceptable target man option for the attacking ranks, but Tim Sherwood currently cannot call upon a striker good with the ball at his feet. Cisse could be this player. He brings guaranteed goals, but also the ability to play in a wide position. Newcastle may not want to see a player to a relegation rival though.

AFC Bournemouth

Bournemouth have been better in front of goal than Villa, but have unfortunately been struck down by a number of injuries - most importantly the one to Callum Wilson. Glenn Murray proved his goalscoring ability last weekend, but he is a very static forward, and Cisse would fit perfectly into Bournemouth’s gameplan. He is a livewire in the final third, and can run the channels much like Wilson was doing before his injury.

West Bromwich Albion

A more surprising name, but West Brom may need a new forward in January if Saido Berahino finally leaves for Tottenham, as is expected by the Birmingham Mail. Cisse is the most like for like replacement for Berahino available, and he could be a lethal finisher alongside the more physical strike partner of Salomon Rondon. Would seem to fit well into Tony Pulis’ direct style of football.

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