Cisse welcomes Toon deal

Papiss Cisse has expressed his delight at securing a move to Newcastle, with the striker determined to repay the faith shown in him by the club.

Pardew delighted to have captured his top target

Papiss Cisse has expressed his delight at securing a move to Newcastle, with the striker determined to repay the faith shown in him by the club. The Senegal international has joined the Magpies for a reported £10million fee from German side Freiburg and has penned a five-and-a-half-year contract. The Toon Army will have to be patient before they get their first glimpse of their new big-money acquisition, though, as he is currently away on African Cup of Nations duty. He is, however, excited by the challenge that awaits him on Tyneside and is looking forward to making his mark in English football. Cisse, who has been handed the fabled No.9 shirt, told the club's official website: "I would like to thank everybody for their welcome and for inviting me to sign for the club. "It is an honour to play for such a big club and I am looking forward to it.

Confidence

"I want to pay back the confidence the club have shown in me and give the supporters something to be proud of. "I am aware of the huge importance of the No.9 shirt and when I spoke to the manager he made it very clear how important this shirt is. "I will treat it with respect and I hope to do my very best in this shirt." Shortly after completing his move, Cisse went on to tell Sky Sports News HD: "This is a transfer that is very exciting for me and I am very much looking forward to playing for this club - it is the club that I wanted to join." Magpies boss Alan Pardew, who is set to pair Cisse alongside his international colleague Demba Ba, told the club's official website: "Ever since Andy Carroll left, Papiss was my first choice in the specific role he has at the end of the play. "He is a finisher with an already-established CV in the Bundesliga, where we have monitored him for the best part of two years. "Unfortunately he was out of reach, financially, for us in the summer, but it recently became apparent that Derek Llambias and Lee Charnley could do the deal in this window. "It has become obvious this season that the team and the club have done exceptionally well and Mike Ashley has backed me to bring this player to the club.
Ambition
"I would like to thank Mike, Derek and everyone involved for getting this deal over the line. "I spoke to Demba about Papiss and he cannot wait to join up with his team-mate in Newcastle. "In the short-term, of course, he is at the African Cup of Nations, but the competition he will bring to our squad when he joins up with us should inspire the players and reassure them of this club's ambition. "Our fans know that this shirt brings its own pressures. One of the iconic numbers in world football - the No.9 of Newcastle. "It will be only fair that Papiss is given time to understand the responsibility it brings. "As the manager, I wish him all the luck in the world to bring success to himself and this club." Keep up to date with all the latest transfer news on Sky Sports News and Sky Sports News Radio. Listen live here or via the Sky Sports app on your phone or iPad.

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