FENERBAHCE have failed in an 11th-hour bid to sign Newcastle United’s Papiss Demba Cisse.
Cisse was the subject of a bid from Fenerbahce before Turkey’s transfer window closed last night.
While Newcastle turned down the offer, the uncertainty over the future of Cisse – who was also interesting Trabzonspor – could continue for several weeks.
Rubin Kazan are also reportedly lining up a bid for Cisse, who has found starts hard to come by so far this season, and is understood to be frustrated at a lack of first-team football.
The Russian transfer window does not close until later this month.
However, United manager Alan Pardew does not want to lose Cisse.
The Senegal international – who missed the Tyne-Wear derby with a back problem – could yet have a significant role to play for Newcastle, who are short on firepower.
Forward Loic Remy is suspended for two more games, while goalscoring midfielder Yohan Cabaye was controversially sold to Paris St-Germain late last month.
Cisse’s fitness is being assessed ahead of Saturday’s game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, where he scored two goals the season before last in a 2-0 victory for United.
The 28-year-old – who has scored three goals this term – joined the club from Freiburg two years ago in a £9m deal.
Cisse made a blistering start to his Newcastle career, his goals dried up last season as the club fought the threat of relegation from the Premier League.