Newcastle United are set to seal a deal for Freiburg's Senegalese star Papiss Cisse, Sky Sports understands.
Newcastle to seal Senegal coup
Newcastle United are set to seal a deal for Freiburg star Papiss Cisse, Sky Sports
The 26-year-old has emerged as one of the most feared strikers in Germany over the past 18 months.
He scored 22 goals last season and has already scored nine this term.
The likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Blackburn and Aston Villa have all been strongly linked whilst Sunderland were understood to be close to sealing a deal last summer.
The Black Cats have again been strongly linked this January, but it is now believed that Newcastle are close to pulling off a transfer coup.
Cisse has been away with Senegal, coincidentally with Newcastle's Demba Ba.
Cisse is now on Tyneside at the club's training ground to undergo a medical and finalise the deal before flying back out to Africa.
The deal, which will be worth around £10million, is sure to shock many as it was thought Newcastle's only target this month would be a new central defender.
Freiburg have already moved to sign a replacement after bringing in Sebastian Freis from Cologne on Tuesday.