Newcastle striker Papiss Cissé joins Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng

Papiss Cisse

Papiss Cisse started six games scoring once after Rafa Benitez took over as Newcastle manager in March

After four and a half years at Newcastle United, Papiss Cisse has moved to the Chinese Super League with Shandong Luneng.

Newcastle United have confirmed that striker Papiss Cisse has left the club to join Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng for an undisclosed fee - rumoured to be in the region of £5m.

The 31-year-old forward joins AFC Champions League quarter-finalists Shandong - now coached by former Bayern Munich boss Felix Magath - for an undisclosed fee following a four-and-a-half year spell at St James' Park.

The Senegalese player initially joined Newcastle from SC Freiburg in January 2012, and during his time in the north east he bagged 44 goals in 131 appearances.

He replaced Mathieu Debuchy as the Toon Army's right-back in 2014 and has gone on to establish himself as one of the club's top players, despite two bad years for the club as a whole.

"Every goal I scored in that famous Number 9 shirt was for them".

The three-time CSL champion team has scored seven goals but conceded 16 goals in 10 matches.

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