The Daily Mail have a rather shocking claim for Newcastle United fans here in the Football Transfer Tavern as they note that Papiss Cisse could well be sold after the dispute over the controversial shirt sponsor Wonga escalated.
The player has now been left at home by the club after point blank refusing to wear the pay day lender’s logo over fears it clashes with the beliefs of Sharia Law.
Now Alan Pardew and Mike Ashley are willing to play hardball with the player and offload him if the issue becomes even more of a problem.
Cisse himself has already been fined by the club and is certainly not in the good books of Ashley as the new season approaches.
The other Muslim players in the squad such as Hatem Ben Arfa have no objections to wearing the shirt and have been pictured with the logo visible on multiple times.
The 28-year-old who joined the Magpies for £9 million has been training alone since pre-season began and his future on Tyneside is looking increasingly bleak.
Of course Newcastle fans need not worry – the mastermind in charge of transfers Joe Kinnear himself will be more than able to find a ready made replacement for the Senegal international – and will have to move fast as Cisse does not look like climbing down from his stance and given the club already lost Demba Ba in the January transfer window, they are in dire need of another forward.