Keane happy to pay Cisse price
Roy Keane would have no qualms in breaking Sunderland's transfer record to keep Djibril Cisse.
Last Updated: 14/09/08 12:00pm
Roy Keane admits he would have no qualms in breaking Sunderland's transfer record to keep Djibril Cisse on a permanent basis.
Cisse has joined the Black Cats on a season-long loan from Marseille and marked his debut last month with the winner at Tottenham.
A £10million fee is reported to have been agreed with Marseille and Keane is prepared to pay that amount, providing the striker impresses at the Stadium of Light.
"I'd be happy to break the transfer record if Djibril's doing the business," said Keane in the News of the World.
"Transfer records are there to be broken. I want to keep bringing in good players and good players cost money. He's a talented boy, no doubt about it.
"He's here on a loan, but there's a deal in place. It's a good deal for everyone because it gives him a chance to suss us out and get a feel for the club because it can be harder for strikers coming into a club."
Though Cisse has not scored in his three appearances since his debut strike at Spurs, Keane expects the France international to be back on the goal trail once he is fully fit.
The Black Cats boss added: "Djibril's only been here for a few weeks and he's still getting match fit. Once he gets sharper he'll start getting goals for us.
"He's settling in very well and we're delighted with him. If he's fit and firing on all cylinders he's a top striker.
"He's bubbly, he's working his socks off, he looks good in training and he's fitted in with the other players."