Newcastle manager Alan Pardew boosted after Papiss Cisse makes U-turn over Wonga-sponsored shirts

The striker has now agreed to wear the logo of the money-lending company

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has received a welcome boost with the news that striker Papiss Cisse has agreed to wear the club's new Wonga-sponsored shirt.

Press Association Sport understands the 28-year-old and the club have managed to iron out the problem with Cisse initially refusing to wear the payday loans company's branding because of his religious beliefs.

The former Freiburg frontman is a Muslim and earning interest is forbidden by Islamic Law.

Cisse enlisted the help of the Professional Footballers' Association in a bid to find a solution, and it appears that peace has now broken out at St James' Park.

The development came days after the Senegal international was pictured in a national newspaper at a city casino. Gambling is also prohibited by his religion.

While Newcastle are yet to confirm Cisse's re-think, Pardew will be delighted to have his most prolific striker back among the fold after a less than spectacular start to the club's pre-season campaign.

Shola Ameobi scored against both Rio Ave and Pacos de Ferreira during the Magpies' trip to Portugal earlier this week, but he and January signing Yoan Gouffran were the only senior frontmen available to the 52-year-old with new director of football Joe Kinnear yet to land any of the club's summer targets.

Pardew, Kinnear and chief scout Graham Carr have identified the men they would like to bring to Tyneside with Lyon's Bafetimbi Gomis and Aston Villa's Darren Bent at the top of the list, although the Irishman's best efforts have come to nothing so far.

 

Get Adobe Flash player

 



That has left the manager pleading for progress with the start of the new Barclays Premier League season barely three weeks away.

In the circumstances, Cisse's continued presence - the £9million man has been linked with both Anzhi Makhachkala and Rubin Kazan in recent weeks - represents a positive.

He launched his career in England in spectacular style when he scored 13 goals, many of them breathtaking, in his first 14 appearances after his arrival from Germany in January last year.

Cisse was initially asked to play a wider role at the start of the last campaign to accommodate compatriot Demba Ba, and although the latter's January move to Chelsea handed him his preferred role once again, he managed only 13 goals for the entire season as the Magpies only just managed to avoid relegation.

Whether Newcastle continue to pursue two strikers following his decision remains to be seen, but fans who have been dismayed to see Steve Harper, Danny Simpson and James Perch leave the club with no additions to date - they are the only top-flight outfit yet to sign a senior player - will hope reinforcements will arrive soon and in numbers.

PA

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
musicOfficial chart could be moved to accommodate Friday international release day
Sport
Wes Brown is sent-off
football
News
i100
Sport
Italy celebrate scoring their second try
six nations
Sport
Glenn Murray celebrates scoring against West Ham
footballWest Ham 1 Crystal Palace 3
Arts and Entertainment
Drake continues to tease ahead of the release of his new album
music
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

Why cities are hiding roads underground
'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
10 best projectors

How to make your home cinema more cinematic: 10 best projectors

Want to recreate the big-screen experience in your sitting room? IndyBest sizes up gadgets to form your film-watching
Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review
A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower