Liverpool chase Newcastle striker Cisse

Newcastle United are preparing to fend off interest in Papiss Cisse from one of their Premier League rivals, Liverpool, according to the Daily Mirror.

Cisse is said to be growing unsettled at St James’ Park after losing his place in the side to Shola Ameobi in recent weeks. The Senegal striker came off the substitutes’ bench to grab the winning goal for the Magpies against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, a shot from Sammy Ameobi deflecting on off the back of Cisse.

Liverpool’s desire to add to their strike force has been well-documented and Cisse’s apparent fall from favour under Alan Pardew has encouraged Brendan Rodgers to explore the possibility of bringing the forward to Anfield. Cisse would become the second Newcastle striker to make the cross-country move in recent years, after Andy Carroll swapped Tyneside for Merseyside in January 2011.

It is thought that Rodgers is also an admirer of Demba Ba, but Ba has held his place in the first team of late while Cisse has been on the sidelines.

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