Newcastle United have knocked back Turkish interest in unsettled striker Papiss Cisse, but are braced for more offers.
United are understood to have rejected an offer from Fenerbahce for Cisse, who wants more playing time after a difficult start to the season.
It is understood that Alan Pardew has sought reassurances from the board that his squad will not be weakened futher after the sale of Yohan Cabaye to Paris St-Germain during the January transfer window.
A proposal from Turkey yesterday was knocked back, but with 25 days remaining of the Russian transfer window, United are expecting further interest in the striker.
During January Cisse attracted interest from Qatar, Turkey and some of Newcastle’s Premier League rivals, but United opted to keep him.
Newcastle sources were adamant yesterday that Cisse, who will be the only senior specialist striker under contract come the summer, will not be sold in the early part of the February transfer window, and that he would be given a chance to strike up a partnership with new boy Luuk de Jong.
Cisse is understood to be unhappy at a lack of playing time but he was not interested in a move to the Middle East, which was proposed during the transfer window.
Similarly, offers from Cardiff and an approach from a third party purporting to represent Arsenal were rejected by the club – who feared a lack of striking options could undermine Alan Pardew for the remainder of the season.
The club believe it is now up to Cisse to prove himself in the remaining days of January and hope that he will be able to rediscover some of his form alongside De Jong. Selling the striker remains an option over the close season and it remains to be seen if Cisse is sold if an offer of around £10million is tabled.
The striker expects to have options in the summer if his form doesn’t recover, and The Journal understands options in the Middle East and even India have been put to him. He would like to remain in England, however, and ideally wants to wrestle back his Newcastle starting spot.
Cisse’s future is just one issue to be resolved by Newcastle in what promises to be a testing week for Pardew, who is facing a fresh bout of criticism following United’s third straight derby defeat.
United’s players were not at their Benton training ground yesterday as the dust settled on a Tyne-Wear derby defeat that has re-opened the wounds of a dismal transfer window for the club.
While answers to the questions United fans are posing about their January transfer business are thin on the ground, the club were hit with an FA charge for failing to control their players during the feisty conclusion to their midweek draw at Norwich.
The club have until 5pm tomorrow to answer the charge, which relates to their players’ conduct after Loic Remy’s red card.
It read: “Both Norwich City and Newcastle United have been charged by The FA for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour.
“The charge relates to an incident in or around the 82nd minute of their match on Tuesday (28 January 2014). The clubs have until 6pm on 5 February 2014 to respond to the charge.”
The United boss is not due to address the media again until the end of the week, but he has spoken about returning to basics after a performance that left him scratching his head. Although Newcastle had lost key men Remy, Fabricio Coloccini, Yoan Gouffran and the departed Yohan Cabaye for the game, Pardew expected more fight from the team he picked and admitted to feeling bemused at the way his players failed to perform.
Pardew said: “I can’t determine their (the fans’) assumption, all I can do is determine the result next week. That’s all I can do.
“But I do see a team that needs to go back to basics and have a little bit more control of possession.
“It was a little bit hairy scary at times. We were committing bodies forward and leaving ourselves exposed. We can’t afford to do that against anybody.”