Former Newcastle United striker completes ‘surprise’ move to French club

The Senegalese frontman enjoyed a spectacular introduction to life on Tyneside.

Former Newcastle United striker Papiss Demba Cisse has completed a transfer deadline day move to French second-tier club Amiens.

Now 37-years-old, the former Senegal international became a popular figure during a four-year stay at St James Park and is fondly remembered for spectacular goals against the likes of Aston Villa, Chelsea and Southampton.

After joining United from Freiburg in a £9.3million move in January 2012, Cisse went on to score 44 goals in 131 appearances before departing for Chinese club Shandong Taishan after the Magpies suffered relegation in 2016.

He went on to have spells with Turkish clubs Alanyaspor, Fenerbahce and Cayzur Rizespor before agreeing to return to France for the first time since he left Metz to join Freiburg in January 2010.

After completing a deal for Cisse, Amiens manager Philippe Hinschberger told the French outlet Le11Amiens: “This is a boy will surprise you.

“He is 37 years old but actually ten years younger. It’s going to be the big brother of our African community. He had a nice half-season last, put a few goals.

“It is a choice to bring this experience, an attack player. He certainly no longer has the legs of ten years ago but his CV speaks for him and if he agreed to come to Amiens, it is not to rest and spend his weekends in the Bay of Somme.”

Cisse joins an Amiens side sat in fourth place in the Ligue 2 table after they lost just one of their opening six games of the season.

The former Magpies striker could make his debut when his new side host Grenoble on Friday night.