Newcastle chief scout Carr: I knew about Cisse from Metz academy days

Newcastle United chief scout Graham Carr is thrilled with the impact made by Papiss Cisse. Carr had followed the striker since his junior days at Metz.

Newcastle United chief scout Graham Carr is thrilled with the impact made by Papiss Cisse.

Carr had followed the striker since his junior days at Metz.

He told The Journal: “I had actually known about Papiss for some time. I did a lot of work with Metz, who have a Senegalese Academy, would you believe, and Papiss was there.

“This was a few years ago and the problem then was him not being able to get a work visa; I think there was an issue with his passport.

“Then the next thing you know he appears at Freiburg, so we went for him in January.

“Freiburg wanted £15m, which was out of our price range, then they went down to £12m and eventually £9m and we was ours.”

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