Rubin Kazan are ready to bid for Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse.

The Russians are turning to Cisse after a deal for PSV Eindhoven striker Tim Matavz collapsed this week.

Cisse has been a long-time target and it is believed Rubin Kazan would be prepared to fork out close to £9m for the player, says the Evening Chronicle.

That would match what Newcastle paid for the 28-year-old two years ago.

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