Newcastle Linked With Prolific Ivory Coast Striker

We were first linked with CSKA Moscow striker Seydou Doumbia over two years ago, and it’s not surprising the Magpies will be linked with a number strikers before January, because it’s very likely the Tyneside club will bring in a striker we tried to sign in the summer, but failed during that transfer window.

Seydou Doumbia

Seydou Doumbia – prolific 25 year-old striker

It could be Bafe Gomis of Lyon, who will be a cut price deal in January with his contract running out next summer, , but Newcastle will likely look at other potential strikers through the end of this year before deciding who to bring in.

Newcastle have been watching Doumbia closely over the last year, and the 20 times Ivory Coast International looks a very good striker.

Everton are also said to be interested in the 25 year-old , and both Newcastle and Everton have on loan strikers in Loic Remy from QPR and Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea respectively, and will be wanting to strengthen their striker department.

The news today  of Newcastle and Everton’s interest in the player is in Izvestia, and the former BSC Young Boys player joined the rich Moscow club in 2010, after 57 goals in just 78 appearances, and in Russia the 5’10” striker has 57 goals in 88 appearances, so he knows how to put the ball into the back of the net.

A year ago his transfer price was quoted at £16M, and there was no way Newcastle would be interested in the player at that price, and still wouldn’t be.

The Abidjan-born player is currently under contract with CSKA Moscow until the end of June of 2015, so a lot will depend on what his transfer fee is, as always, if Newcastle are to bring this player to Tyneside.

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22 comments so far

  • Slank

    Sep 17, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Is there no middle ground on this blog?

    Last week it was all doom and gloom and being certainties for relegation.

    Today it’s all joyous overoptimism and being certainties for 5th and 6th place.

    We have only played four games!

    However, teams that tend to start well tend to continue well as the confidence of all the players rise with every game. Whether by design or just fortuitous circumstances the 4-3-3 formation with Anita and Remy clicked, as did the substitutes. The only doubt is Cisse but I’m not too worried all strikers go through a lean spell. Hull can’t come earlier enough.

  • Slank

    Sep 17, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #2


    Can you please maintain a side column to your blog showing all the players we are being linked with between now and when the January window closes.

    It will be interesting and possibly a good laugh to see what transpires in January.

  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 17, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #3


    I think there is some middle ground. I predicted a 10th placed finish for us this term and can still see that. Plenty teams like swansea and everton playing some decent stuff so will be close between the 7-10 positions.

    but a season depends on injuries in all teams, how quickly new lads settle in and what teams do in january.

  • Charlietoon

    Sep 17, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #4

    Well Ed is right. With his help we will certainly be linked with a lot of strikers. But lets face it. Ed is not on the ground he is reporting what others say and letting us comment on it. We still need a striker so every name will be thrown at us but if we can keep our current team fit it should not be too distracting

  • geordie157

    Sep 17, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #5

    If Cisse doesn’t get his form back then doumbia would be a great replacement, an upgrade in fact.

    Signing Remy if he’s cleared has to be the priority.

  • Slank

    Sep 17, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #6


    I thought a position between 8 and 12 (edging my bets !).

    It’s interesting you mention ‘new lads settle in’ as we shouldn’t have any problems as all the January intake are now fully acclimatized and integrated into life in the North East and the team. It’s no surprise to see the great unwashed at the foot of the table with their bus load of untested and untried players to this country and the Premiership. Will they click before it is too late or will they be this season’s QPR?

  • Jamiemac

    Sep 17, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #7

    It’s been a great start to the season but top 6 is impossible. 7th is unlikely. I predicted 9th and I can still see that happening.

  • Santon03

    Sep 17, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #8

    TS @100

    I think we can finished 5th because the top teams not doing so well as we expected. City with new coach and new players, and they have CL. Arsenal not very convincing, Spurs without Bale won’t be as good as last year.
    Only Chelsea and Manutd probably competing for title.
    So yes, I think we will have chance to finish 5th this year not because we will win a lot of games but more like top 6 won’t be playing as well as we expected.

  • Jamiemac

    Sep 17, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #9

    No way Santon! Spurs have looked great. If Giroud stays fit Arsenal will be very very strong and I think it would be silly ruling City out of top 6 at the very least. Liverpool also look good

  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 17, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #10


    arsenal spurs and liverpool are currently the top 3 in the league and all playing good stuff. I can’t see it but hope you are right pal.


    Yeh sunderland are suffering for one simple reason. The man at the top. The owner needs a chairman/director of football/etc who has a vision. They need to pick a style of play and then get the right manager (and if he goes, get a manager who is a similar style…like swansea). Otherwise you end up like them with keane, bruce, o’neil, di canio who all want different styles and as a result make massive changes to the squad…having to buy quantity and not quality all the time.

  • nut meg

    Sep 17, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Sage @ 3
    I agree with you about finishing in the top 10,that’s why my money was before the season started.Not shouting from the rooftop but quietly confident.
    About Doumbia,he’s valued on transfer market @ 20m so we can forget all about him!! lol

  • HullMag6

    Sep 17, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #12

    Sign Remy permanently then get Doumbia as competition/replacement for Cisse who either has to find his mojo or move on. He was the biggest disappointment at the weekend an in form striker would’ve probably meant winning by a couple more goals.

    The signs are promising but the acid test will be when someone gets injured.

  • Santon03

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #13


    They have CL and Europa as well, I don’t know how serious they will be in other 2 domestic cups.
    I know City will be strong but probably need time, they have dropped points so far.
    This is only my prediction, I could be wrong. I think it will be only 2 teams MU and Chelsea on top with big gap to 3rd.

  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #14


    I think spurs have struggled….ground out wins with set piece goals, until the last game. Once they gel though and learn each other’s movements they will improve massively.

  • TheToonKing

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #15

    no chance for Doumbia……he’s in the same bracket as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was.

    He’s wages alone at CSKA are already probably higher then we would pay.

  • BonVoyageBenny

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #16

    I reckon we have to be challenging for a top half position, talking to a mate of mine yesterday and he said that out of the teams outside the (predicted) top 6 (Man U, Liverpool, Chelsea etc) that as a squad Newcastle have the best quality squad. There isn’t another team below the top 6 who has such quality players in all positions, yes they might have one or two brilliant players (Everton – Baines & Lukaku) but across the pitch, the high quality just isn’t there. Newcastle meanwhile have that depth in quality across the starting 11, and it’s for that reason we have to push on from our decent start and challenge for the top 10 places. Anything less than that and the season would be a disappointment in my eyes.

  • kev

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #17

    We can be linked with anyone, but don’t forget we have the spanner in the works that is Kinnear, I for one have little confidence in his ability to deliver any player “over the line”.

  • Toon73

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #18

    Bi Polar alert !!

    Not sure if it’s time to take the uppers or the downers???

  • south coast toon

    Sep 17, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #19

    i,d be happy with any place that hasnt got us in a relagation battle anything above 15th and i will be over the moon{that doesnt mean i dont want us to finish higher}
    ideally high up the table in jan transfere window and that would make us attractive to olayers again and may incourage the ones we got to stay,think with wourld cup year alot of players will want to move if there in poor teams or not getting playin time, mot too sure on cabyes real reasons for change of heart but i think being dropped from the french squad has gave him a wake up call, so he needs to get his place back and thats got to be good for us.
    fancy liverpool,arsenal and chelsea top 3
    as for 20m for ivory coast striker would rather bentekkee or lucakkoo yes spellin not to good teachers but theres more chance of my spelling being right than getting anyof those 3 lol.. woo ashley into getting his money out campain should be started i really think it would work at least everyone could laugh and have fun

  • Jackson1989

    Sep 17, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #20

    if newcastle want to play this 4231 we need a strong ST to hold ball up for the other 3 to get involved, if we are going to play a 433 we need a ST who can hold the ball and has pace doumbia could so the job so could gomis, if u look at teams like city arsenel bvb who play the 4231 so well they have giroud negerdo and lewdo thats the type of striker we need

  • Jackson1989

    Sep 17, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #21

    Answers to our problems if newcastle would spend the money either Salomon Rondon or lacina Traore 2 beasts which would bully any defence in the prem

  • Sir Erec

    Sep 17, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #22


    Unfortunately Lacina Traore is set on a January switch to Juventus so we will have to forget about that one..


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