Agent claims interest in Cisse
Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse has attracted interest from a number of Russian clubs, according to his agent.
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Anzhi Makhachkala are reported to be keen on the Senegal international after Cisse was on the score-sheet when they met Newcastle in the Europa League this season.
Russian newspaper Izvestia has reported the cash-rich club from Dagestan are ready to offer the equivalent of £15.4million to secure his services.
In addition, they are said to be ready to pay the player around £50,000 a week in wages and hope the lure of another season of European football, something he will not get on Tyneside this time around, will prove attractive too.
Guus Hiddink's side were linked with Cisse before his move to England, but agent Nickolay Guido says they will face competition for his signature should they make an approach.
"Russian clubs have shown interest in Papiss at the same time, but I don't want to name the names of the clubs as it wouldn't be a correct step from me," said Guido.
Omari Tetradze managed Anzhi for three years and he believes that a move there would be attractive to Cisse.
"Anzhi have the advantage that they could qualify for the Europa League and the Senegalese striker's dream has been to show his qualities in Europe and it doesn't seem possible with Newcastle in the near future," he said.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is not averse to selling a player if the price is right, as it was with Andy Carroll in January 2011 when Liverpool offered a staggering £35m for the England international.
However, it's understood Anzhi would have to find far in excess of £15.4m to make the Magpies even contemplate selling Cisse, who has four years remaining on his contract.
The club has received no bids for any of its players to date and their current concentration is on incomings rather than outgoings.
Indeed, manager Alan Pardew's main objective as he headed off on his summer break was to strengthen, rather than completely overhaul, his striking department with Cisse and Shola Ameobi his only recognised senior frontmen.
Goals were at a premium for the Magpies last season as they found themselves dragged into a fight for top-flight survival, and that is a situation the manager will seek to address as a matter of urgency during the closed season.
Cisse scored 13 times during the campaign, his first full season in the Barclays Premier League.
However, he spent the first half of it playing second fiddle to Demba Ba, and was then used for much of the rest as a lone striker following his compatriot's January departure for Chelsea.
Cisse announced himself in English football in style following his £9m arrival from German side Freiburg in January 2012, scoring 13 goals in his first 14 games, many of them spectacular strikes.