Newcastle are again being linked with Ivorian striker Seydou Doumbia, who currently plays for CSKA Moscow in Russia, and the 24 year-old certainly has an amazing goal scoring record of around 120 goals in 196 appearance so far in his career.
Seydou Doumbia – 24 year-old CSKA Moscow striker
It’s not the first time we’ve been linked with the former BSC Young Boys player, who joined the rich Moscow club in 2010.
While in Switzerland, Doumbia scored 57 goals in 78 appearances for Young Boys, and the lad stands 5’10″ tall and was born in Yamoussoukro in the Ivory Coast in 1987.
But the news that makes it almost nonsense that Newcastle could be interested in this player, is that the fee quoted for him is around £16M, with some top clubs in Europe said to be interested in the striker.
We will probably continually be linked with this player over the next few months – but does anybody really think Newcastle will pay out £16M, and the news says Newcastle will make their move for the player in January, should Demba Ba leave the club.
Of course Alan Pardew did say earlier in the week, that Newcastle could still pay out big money for one player, if his price could say treble over a few years on Tyneside.
But Newcastle will get almost nothing for Ba in January, if he exercises the £7M release clause in that contract of his, because about £5M of that goes to Demba Ba and his representatives.
So it’s not even that Newcastle will have new money to spend if Demba Ba is sold.
We probably haven’t seen the end of this story – but does anybody think this can be true?
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