Circulating reports indicate that Papiss Cisse will be leaving Newcastle before the close of the transfer window.
Contrary to the widespread speculation dictating that he’s going abroad, movement in the betting market suggests he’ll be the makeweight in a last-minute deal finally taking Charlie Austin to Tyneside.
The QPR striker has been linked with a St James’ Park switch all summer long, but the Magpies have consistently balked at the Super Hoops’ valuation, believed to be £15m.
In a last-ditch attempt to shave off a million or two, the Toon may now package disgruntled frontman Cisse into the bargain, with a betting barrage at bwin towers seeing his price to join the Loftus Road outfit wilt from 12/1 to 3/1.
There’s a garish double also being offered about the two players trading places, which has also been subject to a drastic trimming, into 10/1 from 50’s.
Cisse has floated further towards the first-team periphery at Newcastle this season following the arrival of Aleksandar Mitrovic and, should Austin follow the Serbian before the transfer deadline passes, he’ll be even further subjugated.
When quizzed about his future at the weekend, the 30-year-old said:
“Seriously, I don’t know. I don’t like to speak about it. Sorry guys.”
Moves to Turkey and other such high-paying destinations have been mooted, but bwin bookmaker Glenn Woodage is of the impression he won’t need a passport to travel to his next club. He said:
“For a long time it looked as though Charlie Austin’s hopes of a return to the Premier League were dead and buried, but if the betting is to be believed, Newcastle sending Cisse QPR’s way could rekindle the deal.”
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