Newcastle United are closing in on the signing of Freiburg striker Papiss Demba Cisse, according to reports.

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Cisse, 26, has been in superb goalscoring form for his Bundesliga side this season, netting nine times in 17 league starts.

And it is being reported Newcastle have agreed an undisclosed fee, said to be £10 million, with the forward's club ahead of talks over a contract on Tyneside.

Should the Magpies land Cisse then he would join his Senegal counterpart Demba Ba at St James' Park, with the pair both set to represent their nation at this month's African Nations Cup.

Ba, who is rumoured to have £7 million release clause, has been linked with a move away from Newcastle, such has been his outstanding goalscoring form, but the club will hope the possible capture of his compatriot Cisse strengthens his ties in the North East.