After the pathetic display on Saturday it’s a little hard to find something positive to report about Newcastle, but we suppose if we can have a really good transfer season this summer, things will look a lot better – and if we can beat Manchester United on Saturday, that will be a relief and something for Newcastle fans to celebrate, and if that happens we’ll have done the double over the Red Devils – even though this is the worst side they have had in over 20 years.
Seydou Doumbia – 68 goals in 98 appearances for CSKA Moscow
On the transfer front there is news today that Newcastle and Everton are after 26 year-old Ivorian striker Seydou Doumbia, and we first linked with this player over four years ago when recently arrived Cheick Tiote recommended the player.
According to Russian newspaper Izvestia, Everton and Newcastle are two of the Premier League sides after the 26 year-old striker, who has played 20 times for the Ivory Coast with two goals.
Newcastle could need as many as three strikers brought in this summer, with Loic Remy and Shola Ameobi definitely leaving the club this summer, and Luuk de Jong unlikely to be able to make his loan move into a permanent one – unless he starts scoring some goals for Newcastle in the final six games of the season.
The Ivorian striker is valued at close to £18M, and if Newcastle are successful in getting this player into the club it could be Newcastle’s biggest ever signing – beating the £17M we paid for Michael Owen by about £1M.
Romelu Lukaku is likely to join a Champions league club in the summer, and even though both Everton and Newcastle would love to sign the Belgium International there seems little chance of either club being successful in singing the Chelsea striker.
Doumbia signed on at CSKA Moscow from BSC Young Boys in Switzerland back in January of 2010, but only moved from the Swiss club in the summer of that year.
And in 98 games for the Moscow side he has scored 68 goals, and this season he has 15 goals in just 16 appearances for CSKA Moscow.
In December of 2011 Doumbia was voted the Russian Premier League Player of the Year, after scoring 24 goals in 30 league games during the calendar year, in addition to five Champions League goals in as many games – so he scored 29 goals in 35 total games during that year. 😀
Seydou has also played for Kashiwa Reysol and Tokushima Vortis in Japan and in his career he has 219 total appearances with 133 goals, and while he doesn’t
come cheap he would be a very good acquisition for Newcastle – if we can get him on Tyneside.
Maybe Newcastle should have taken Cheick Tiote’s advice over four years ago….
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