Seydou Doumbia became the fourth signing of the January transfer window for Newcastle United, joining on loan until the end of the season with an option to buy.
The 28 year old had a nightmare at AS Roma last season but returned to CSKA Moscow this summer for a very successful loan spell, taking over from where he left off in his previous stay at the Russian side, banging in the goals.
Despite not playing since returning from Moscow, Seydou Doumbia has been training hard throughout January and says he is ‘ready to go’.
The striker says that he first heard of Newcastle’s interest a week before he signed but already knew a lot about the club, thanks to Ivory Coast team-mate Cheick Tiote and watching the Premier League regularly on TV.
He says that English football always ‘looked magnificent’ on TV and that he is delighted to be now playing in the country that is the ‘birthplace of football’.
Seydou Doumbia speaking to the club’s official tv channel:
“I feel delighted to be here.
“I have already started to prepare…I have arrived and I’m ready to go.”
‘When did you first hear of Newcastle’s interest?’
“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.”
‘What do you know about Newcastle United?’
“I have watched a lot of the games of Newcastle and thanks to my Ivory Coast team-mate Cheick Tiote, I already knew quite a lot about Newcastle.
“When he came to play in the national team he would tell us it is a great place to play and you could see he really enjoyed it and was happy here.”
‘The team has been playing well in recent weeks but struggling to score goals…?’
“I love scoring goals but you have to have a little bit of time to settle in, to know your team-mates. Afterwards I think it will come quite naturally.”
‘What went wrong in Italy?’
“It was a difficult time for me and I don’t want to dwell on it too much, it was something that I didn’t enjoy.
“But I went back to CSKA Moscow and I scored a lot of goals and I think I can hit the ground running here and continue in that vein.
“It is a loan with an option to buy afterwards and I think the most important thing is to focus on settling in, getting in with the team, scoring goals…and after that, perhaps continue with the adventure.”
‘Why do you wear number 88?’
“It is hard to give you an exact reason.
“When I first arrived in Moscow I took the number eight and at the end of the season I think I had scored 38 goals altogether.
“So I wanted to double up have eight eight, so I took number 88. If that is the number I am allowed to wear here, I will snap it up.”
‘Would you be ready to play at Everton?’
“I think it is important that I get down to training tomorrow (Tuesday). That is the first thing on my agenda. It is essential to get settled into the squad, to know the squad.”