Seydou Doumbia was unveiled on deadline day as Newcastle United’s fourth signing of the transfer window.
Following on from the permanent buys of Jonjo Shelvey, Henri Saivet and Andros Townsend, the 28 year old striker has arrived on a try before you buy deal from AS Roma.
There has been a vast increase in these type of loan with option to buy deals in football in recent years and Newcastle have used them when selling the likes of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon and Remy Cabella.
However, Seydou Doumbia would be the first time Newcastle had successfully bought a player in this way, certainly in recent years, with the likes of Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong coming on loan but returning to their clubs, before moving elsewhere.
Sky Sports in Italy have revealed that Newcastle paid £500,000 to loan Seydou Doumbia for the remainder of this season.
As for the option to buy, they say that their information is that the price has been set at £10m (Roma paid over £11m only a year ago) if Newcastle go through with the purchase.
A relative bargain the way the market is going, if Seydou Doumbia shows he can transfer his goalscoring form in both Switzerland and Russia (and the national team – Ivory Coast) to the Premier League.
However, with the striker turning 29 in December it would be a bit of a departure for Mike Ashley, though another step towards him showing acceptance that his ridiculously too narrow transfer policy was at the root of many of Newcastle’s problems.
Commenting on his arrival at Newcastle, Seydou Doumbia had this to say:
“I think it was a week ago when I first learnt of any interest from Newcastle, I was already on the market so it went through very fast.
“It has always been a dream to play in the Premier League, so I am delighted.
“Quite simply, this is the birthplace of football. You watch all of the Premier League games on TV and it was always something that I thought looked magnificent.”