There’s news from Sky Italia today that the loan fee Newcastle are paying for 28 year-old Seydou Doumbia is £500K and there’s an option to buy the Ivory Coast International and the figure for that in the loan contract is said to be a cool £10M.
Seydou is a bit old for a player Newcastle would want to sign in the summer, but we suppose the good news is that he only turned 28 on December 31st, so he still has a decent four years at least left in football at the top level.
Seydou Doumbia – 28 year-old natural goalscorer
Yes – that’s a lot of money – however – it could turn out to be a decent deal for Newcastle if Seydou scores some goals for us this season and helps save our Premier League status.
Roma paid €14.4M for him a year ago and that’s about £10.9M with today’s exchange rate – so it seems a reasonable enough fee from Roma.
He comes across as quite a character since he signed for Newcastle and of course said all the right things – and he just has to start scoring some goals and the fans will love him.
They love anybody who can score goals for us – especially this season and in tin our time when we need – when we have only 25 goals in 23 league games – the 3rd worst in the Premier league – even Sunderland have scored 3 more goals than that.
That’s how bad it is.
Since he joined BSC Young Boys in Switzerland in July, 2009 from Japanese club Tokushima Vortis, he has played for the Swiss club, CSKA Moscow and Roma a total of 243 times and scored 155 goals with 63 assists.
So that’s a good record and you don’t score that many goals in any league if you are not a natural goalscorer.
If Seydou can get anywhere near that record in the remaining league games for Newcastle he could be a steal in the summer.
Don’t forget the transfer fees will start to rocket up this summer because of the new £5.1B Premier League TV rights deal – so £10M may look like chicken-feed in the summer.
We saw some of that in January – mainly from Newcastle – who were willing to pay a massive £24M for West Brom striker Saido Berahino.
It’s really up to Seydou to prove he can score goals in the Premier League for Newcastle – and he will certainly be motivated to do just that.