Report: Newcastle star to follow West Ham striker to China

Papiss Cisse is reportedly close to sealing a deal to follow Nikica Jelavic and a host of other stars to Asia.

Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse is edging closer to following West Ham striker Nikica Jelavic and a host of other players to the Chinese Super League, according to a report in the Daily Express.

China has become an increasingly attractive proposition for players due to the lucrative contracts on offer, with stars such as Chelsea midfielder Ramires, Atletico Madrid striker Jackson Martinez and Shakhtar Donetsk's Alex Teixeira all moving in recent times.

Cisse, who has been persistently linked with a move away from St. James' Park this season, could be the latest player to join the growing pool of talent in the country, but Newcastle are thought to be holding out for a £5 million fee for the striker.

With the Chinese window open until 26 February, and the news yesterday that Aleksandar Mitrovic will be out for around two weeks with a knee injury, Steve McClaren's side are likely to hold out for as much money as possible for the 30-year-old.

The club did, however, bring in Roma striker Seydou Doumbia at the start of this month, a move which may allow them to let Cisse move on.

Senegal international Cisse has scored 43 goals in 123 matches in his time at St. James' Park, but has scored just twice this season in a campaign hampered by injury.

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