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Shearer would have been purring about him, be­cause he has been tremen­dous in ev­ery­thing he’s done.”

Toon chief scout Gra­ham Carr had been track­ing Cisse for FIVE years be­fore fi­nally land­ing his man, start­ing dur­ing a spell with Sven Go­ran Eriks­son’s Man City back­room staff in 2007.

Carr re­vealed: “I saw Papiss Cisse play in France for Metz when he first came over from Sene­gal. “He didn’t have a pass­port to come into the UK, so that ruled him out at the time. “I kept a watch­ing brief and he scored 20-odd goals two years ago in the Bun­desliga.

“He was liked by Bay­ern Mu­nich and Freiburg wanted £15m when we first en­quired, and then it was £12m.

“We ac­tu­ally got him here for £8m, which we thought was value for money.”

New­cas­tle are set to step up their in­ter­est in FC Twente de­fender Dou­glas Teix­eira.

The Brazil­ian, 24, has told Twente boss Steve Mcclaren he wants to quit Dutch foot­ball for a crack at the Premier League.

Toon are hop­ing to snap him up quickly.

DE­BUT: Ka­caniklic

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