Arsenal striker search turns to £12.5m African ace

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A number of Barclays Premier League clubs are already lining up summer bids for Bundesliga star Papiss Demba Cisse reports the Daily Mirror.

The African hotshot who plays for Freiburg has hit an impressive 15 goals in 19 Bundesliga appearances this season, catching the eye of a number of potential suitors.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is looking for a new partner for Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh and is said to favour an African national because he believes it will help his attack develop a better understanding with each other.

Demba Cisse is a Senegalese international with eight caps and an impressive return of seven goals for the Lions of Teranga.


A combination of great form for both club and country has made Cisse one of the most sought-after strikers in Europe so it won’t be easy for the Gunners to bring him to the Emirates.

The players agent, Guido Nickolay has revealed that Freiburg have now admitted defeat in trying to keep hold of the £12.5million rated star.

“Freiburg do not want to sell, but they are a smaller club and will sell at the right price. They know the figure they want for him.

"They are ready to do business in the summer. But it isn’t just Premier League clubs who want him - there are clubs in Italy and Spain, too.

“There was interest from the Premier League in January but Freiburg made sure they kept him until the end of the season. There will be more, but now it won’t be until the summer.”

That Premier League interest in January is said to have stemmed from Fulham as Mark Hughes looked to strengthen his attacking options at Craven Cottage.

The Cottagers made contact with Freiburg about doing a deal for Cisse but they were quickly knocked back after the Bundesliga club dismissed all enquiries, which then prompted Fulham to move for Chelsea youngster Gael Kakuta on loan.

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