Newcastle United news: McClaren boosted for Man City and Newcastle plot transfer swoop

Papiss Cisse
Papiss Cisse

Steve McClaren is hoping for a double fitness boost ahead of Saturday’s visit to the Etihad Stadium.

Newcastle United pair Papiss Demba Cisse and Cheick Tiote are back in training from their respective back and knee injuries.

Striker Cisse hasn’t featured since the home defeat to Watford earlier this month, while Tiote has been sidelined since late last month.

And head coach McClaren will assess their fitness tomorrow ahead of the club’s game against Manchester City, who beat Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1 in the Champions League last night.

Meanwhile, Newcastle are reportedly tracking this striker ahead of the January transfer window.

And former United front man Shola Ameobi has linked up with another Championship club as he looks to earn a deal after his release from Crystal Palace.