Newcastle are said to be in the lead in their bid to sign 26 tear-old CSKA Moscow striker Seydou Doumbia, who we have been linked with for a number of years, and he was recommended to Newcastle by his Ivorian team-mate Cheick Tiote, a few months after Cheick signed for us in August, 2010 – here’s the article we had out on that at the time.
26 year-old CSKA Moscow striker Seydou Doumbia
It’s a pity we didn’t take Tiote’s advice and sign the player at that time.
Everton are said to be the club challenging Newcastle for the striker, although Everton did pay out a whopping £28M for Romelu Lukaku in July, but Newcastle are certainly in need of more goal scoring power up front – as soon as possible.
Last March, the Russian newspaper Izvestia said that Everton and Newcastle were two of the Premier League sides after the 26 year-old striker, who has played 21 times for the Ivory Coast with three goals.
But recent reports are saying that Newcastle are now in the lead for his signature, and Seydou’s contract runs out in the summer of 2016, so we don’t know what his transfer fee would be.
But earlier this year it was said to be around £15M – and that would be too much for a thrifty Newcastle club run by Mike Ashley.
Doumbia signed on at CSKA Moscow from BSC Young Boys in Switzerland back in January of 2010, and in 110 games for the Moscow side since then he has scored 74 goals, and last season he scored 20 goals in just 26 games.
In December of 2011 Doumbia was voted the Russian Premier League Player of the Year, after scoring 24 goals in 30 league games during that calendar year, and in addition to five Champions League goals in as many games – so he scored 29 goals in 35 total games that year.
Seydou has also played for Kashiwa Reysol and Tokushima Vortis in Japan, and in his career so far he has 144 goals in 235 total appearances, so he is quite a prolific goalscorer.
Somebody we need at Newcastle?
What do you think?
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