Steve Kean is reportedly looking to bring in French international and former Liverpool forward Djibril Cisse from Panathinaikos this summer. Cisse would cost the Lancashire club around €10million, but such a fee would be no problem for Blackburn’s mega-rich Indian owners, Venky’s.
The flamboyant Frenchman will have bad memories of Ewood Park, as it was under James McEveley’s challenge there in 2004 that he suffered a gruesome leg-break, which kept him out of action for over 5 months. However, the appeal of the Premier League could tempt Cisse back to England, who has become increasingly disenchanted with life in the Greek top flight.
Despite his passion for Panathinaikos, Cisse is subjected to unacceptable taunts from opposing fans; the tattooed Frenchman said to L’Equipe magazine,
“This season the atmosphere in the stands has got worse. Twice already, I have been the victim of monkey chants, of racist insults.”
“This summer I’m leaving, that’s for sure. It’s impossible for me here. Even though the Pana fans are fantastic, even though the club is great, I don’t want to play in this league any more”
Cisse’s open desire to move could very well aid Steve Kean in his attempt to secure the signature of the fleet-footed forward, who has a career average of just under a goal every two games.
If Blackburn chicken out of the move however, Girondins de Bordeaux are ready to step in and sign the international striker, who has been in excellent form so far this season, scoring 18 goals in 21 league appearences.
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