Newcastle set to sign Papiss Cisse

Newcastle ready to blow 10m to bring in Freiberg hitman Cisse to partner Senegal pal Ba

On his way: Papiss Cisse in action for Senegal

On his way: Papiss Cisse in action for Senegal

Papiss Cisse is set to complete a 10million move to Newcastle United.

Manager Alan Pardew has been on the look out for a new striker to work with top scorer Demba Ba.

And Sportsmail understands the
Magpies have had an offer accepted by Bundesliga club Freiberg for
Ba's international team-mate.

Cisse, 26, has left Senegal's Africa
Cup of Nations training camp to fly into Newcastle in bid to
complete a whirlwind deal.

The 6ft striker will undergo a
medical and hammer out personal terms on Tyneside before jetting off to
rejoin his international colleagues.

Pardew's swoop will come as a cruel blow to north-east rivals Sunderland who were also interested in the centre-forward.

Cisse has a prolific goalscoring
record in the Bundesliga, having notched 33 goals in his last 51 games
over the past two seasons in Germany.

Old pals: Demba will link up with his international team-mate

Old pals: Demba will link up with his international team-mate

Cisse looks to have become available following Cologne frontman Sebastien Freis's arrival at Freiburg.

Ba has been linked with a move away from Tyneside this month after it emerged that he has a release clause in the contract he signed last summer as Newcastle took a gamble on his long-term fitness.

That has paid off handsomely with the former West Ham man having established himself as one of the most prolific goalscorers in the Barclays Premier League this term.

Making his move: Alan Pardew is splashing the cash at last

Making his move: Alan Pardew is splashing the cash at last

While angry that news of the clause has leaked out, the Magpies are confident they can hang on to a player who has shown few signs of wanting to leave a club where he has rapidly established himself as a local hero.

Attracting an international team-mate might well strengthen his ties and persuade Ba that his future remains in the north east.

Newcastle climbed back into the top six as a result of their 1-0 home win over QPR on Sunday and head for Fulham at the weekend knowing an extension of their form over the first half of the season could see them fighting for European qualification.