Tuesday, 4th February, 2014

Trabzonspor president Ibrahim Haciosmanoglu has revealed the club backed out of a deal for Newcastle United's Papiss Cisse over the player's wage demands.

The Turkish outfit were looking to snap up Cisse as the country's winter transfer window came to a close yesterday.

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Speculation in the British press had even named Fenerbahce as potential suitors, though Haciosmanoglu today admitted he had been in talks with the Senegalese striker.

An agreement on personal terms had seemingly been reached, though Cisse, who has been at Newcastle since January 2012, then made it difficult for Trabzonspor to see eye-to-eye.


"We spoke about a four-year deal for €8m", Haciosmanoglu was quoted on Turkish outlet Fotomac as saying.

"Cisse would have received annual wages of €2m.

"However, at the last minute, the player asked for €5m in wages and a €1m signing-on fee.

"Thereupon, the transfer did not happen and it was off."

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