We reported last night that Le10 Sport in France were saying that Newcastle had won the race to sign 28 year-old Roma striker Seydou Doumbia on loan and he will be a good signing for us, because he´s a natural goalscorer.
If Seydou gets a clear chance from eight yards out he is likely to put the ball in the back of the net – something we haven´t always been able to do this season.
Roma striker Seydou Doumbia – a done deal
And the Le10 Sport report also said we were trying to sign 30 year-old Bafe Gomis from Swansea and he would be in addition to Seydou so if that happens – well good – but he´s not worth £7M and £60K/week wages.
But we think what Newcastle are thinking – and this is good – is that they will do anything and everything they can in the next 48 hours to try to ensure we remain in the Premier League this season.
That´s all that really matters given where we are in the league and there´s no doubt scoring goals was a big weakness we had in the first part of the season.
And early in the month, as we were missing chances galore in our games, there were calls to sign two strikers this month.
Here´s a report we had out on January 9th – Save our Club – Sign Two Strikers – after we lost 1-0 to Watford in the FA Cup and missed those chances in the first half.
And to further that claim that we want two strikers in, the Chronicle is reporting today that Doumbia is a done deal and that Newcastle also want Sadio Berahino in by tomorrow night.
If Newcastle cannot get him in then they will sign Bafe Gomis as a back-up plan and then go after Berahino in the summer – assuming we can ward off relegation.
Now that sounds like a plan!
The Chronicle keep reporting that Saido – like Andros Townsend – is very keen to join the Magpies – so if that´s really true he could end up on Tyneside this summer – and Berahino would no doubt be a great signing for us.