United & City go head-to-head for Cisse

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Arch-rivals Manchester City and Manchester United are facing another transfer tug-of-war this summer, this time over Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse.

According to the Daily Mail, the 26-year-old - who only arrived at St James' Park in January 2012 - is a primary target for both clubs as they look to strengthen their forward ranks during the transfer window.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to recruit Cisse following his emphatic start to life in the Premier League, where he scored 13 goals in 14 appearances since moving to Tyneside in a £10million deal from Freiburg.

The Senegalese international has struck up an impressive partnership alongside compatriot Demba Ba, helping fire Alan Pardew's Magpies into the Europa League next season, following their fifth place finish this year.

However, Manchester United will face stiff competition as they look to lure him to Old Trafford, from their neighbours and newly crowned champions City, as Roberto Mancini also looks to add more firepower to his Etihad Stadium squad.

Cisse is happy at Newcastle and has no intention of leaving the north east, but lucrative offers from either United or City may change his current stance.

Both sides were also in the market for in-demand Lille winger Eden Hazard this summer, but lost out to Champions League winners Chelsea, who appear to have successfully secured his signature.

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