Newcastle United release official statement – Seydou Doumbia signs
Newcastle United have officially confirmed that Seydou Doumbia has agreed personal terms and passed his medical.
Doumbia agreeing the loan deal for the rest of this season with an option to buy, the club now awaiting his ‘appropriate visa’.
On Sunday, Foot Mercato reported that the 28 year old striker and his agent had arrived in Newcastle for talks on Saturday and after successfully agreeing terms, the 28 year old was having his medical on Sunday.
Seydou Doumbia is a player who has been linked a number of times previously with Newcastle, with claims of reported interest going back over two years.
The Ivory Coast forward scored 63 goals in 83 league games for CSKA Moscow before AS Roma bought him for around £11m in January 2015.
The striker didn’t settle in Italy and has spent the last few months back on loan at CSKA Moscow, where he scored 11 goals in 17 starts, including six goals in the Champions League.
Official Newcastle United Statement
‘Newcastle United have completed the loan signing of Ivory Coast international striker Seydou Doumbia from AS Roma, subject to the player receiving the appropriate visa.
The 28-year-old moves to St. James’ Park until the end of the season, with an option to make the deal permanent in the summer.
After starting his career in his homeland, Doumbia made a name for himself in Japan’s J League with Kashiwa Reysol and Tokushima Vortis, before switching to Swiss club Young Boys in 2008.
He netted 58 goals in just 79 appearances, which prompted a move to CSKA Moscow in January 2010.
During five trophy-laden years in Russia, Doumbia fired CSKA to two league titles, two Russian Cups and two Russian Super Cups, as well as featuring in the Champions League, where he scored 16 goals in just 23 appearances.
He signed for Italian giants Roma in January 2015 before being loaned back to CSKA Moscow last August.
“I’m delighted to be a Newcastle United player,” said Doumbia.
“I’ve already started to prepare. I’ve arrived and I’m ready to go.
“It has always been a dream to play in the Premier League and now that dream has come true, so I’m absolutely delighted.
“I am looking forward to helping the Club get some wins and climb the table.”
Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren added: “It is no secret that we have been looking to add to our options in the striking area.
“We have been searching for a forward and were delighted when the opportunity arose to take Seydou on loan.
“He is a natural goalscorer, someone who has scored goals in the Champions League and has played at the highest level. We believe he can make a mark in this team.”
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