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Papiss Cisse: Tottenham's ideal signing

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Papiss Cisse has pulled out of Newcastle United's preseason tour because of an ethical and religious dispute over the club's new sponsor, Wonga. 

Cisse cites no problems with the team itself, only its new sponsor. 

Instead, he offered to wear his own personal jersey with the advertisement space either left blank or represented by a charity. 

His teammates Cheick Tiote and Moussa Sissoko, who are Muslim as well, decided that they would wear the new jerseys. 

Obviously, this would not go over well with the club's new sponsor, who signed a £24million contract over four years. 

Muslims have an objection to Wonga due to the company reportedly targeting the poor with high interest rates.

Cisse had a disappointing season last year, only managing eight goals in 35 Premier League starts. 

However, he has obviously shown great goalscoring ability, with an incredible 13 goals in 14 appearances the season before - including an unbelievable goal against Chelsea two years ago. 

With a decent striking partner, he could return to prominence. 

With his Newcastle United future called into question, the Senegalese striker could attract some interest from Tottenham Hotspur among others.

Gareth Bale could be that attacking threat that could provide him with more chances, just like Demba Ba did at Newcastle.

Tottenham have been linked with a few strikers, including Aston Villa ace Christian Benteke. 

However, Tottenham has missed out on big name strikers before, and should they miss out on these two (as they did with Leandro Damiao), Cisse would be a viable replacement. 

He has a nice finishing touch and gets into good goalscoring opportunities. He plays well in the centre and could suck defences in to create opportunities on runs on the outside.

Cisse alone won't fix Tottenham's striker problem. They'd need to retain Jermain Defoe and possibly get another striker such as Loic Remy from Queens Park Rangers. 

When Bale was missing, Defoe and Clint Dempsey became the ones who would take the chances. 

Cisse can not single-handedly fix their striker problems, but should Tottenham miss out on their top two then he could provide a constant goalscoring threat.

 

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