The Magpies’ lack of European football has clinched his decision.
Following speculation that Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala are preparing a bid for Newcastle United’s Papiss Cisse, the striker’s agent has confirmed the Senegal international may leave St James’ Park.
Cisse had been strongly linked with a move to Russia but only if the super-rich club were prepared to meet Newcastle’s valuation of over £20m.
Now the 27-year-old’s agent has revealed that several European sides are vying for the signature of his client and that his time in the north-east could be at a end.
“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,” Nickolay Guido was quoted on ESPN.
“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.”
The Senegalese striker is one of Newcastle’s top stars and is their only genuine threat up-front since the departure of Demba Ba to Chelsea back in January.
However, with the Magpies having a torrid time in the Premier League in 2012/13 it may prove difficult to hold onto players with the calibre of Cisse.
The forward signed for the club, based on fellow countryman Ba’s recommendation, in the summer of 2012; immediately making an impact at Newcastle with 13 goals in 14 matches.
Eight goals this term hasn’t been quite so prolific for Cisse, although he still clearly has many keen admirers around some of Europe’s top sides.