Entering the January transfer window, everyone knew that Newcastle United would be looking to shore up their misfiring forward line. It took several weeks for the name of Seydou Doumbia to come to the front of discussion. Newcastle were not the only team in for the striker that failed to make his mark at Roma after scoring for fun at CSKA Moscow. Remi Garde was pushing hard for Aston Villa to sign the Ivorian striker and Sky Sports are saying that Villa were in fact in "advanced talks". With both clubs struggling in the table and both sides needing goals, it does feel good to come out on top in this head to head situation.
The club have said that the move is still pending his proper Visa being acquired, but all seems well at this point. Yesterday it was reported that Doumbia had passed his medical and was waiting on his international clearance. The club ultimately waited until nearly 2 pm to announce the deal, so one must assume that all of the ts are crossed and is dotted. The new man will be in the shuffle for Newcastle's match against Everton on Wednesday.
Although this deal is an initial loan until the end of this season, it is reported that Newcastle will have the option to buy the player for £7m. This seems like a good bit of business for the club as they are getting a player who has scored 16 times in 23 Champions League matches. If he fails to settle as he did in Serie A with Roma, they're not on the hook for a full transfer fee. If he succeeds, £7m seems a very reasonable deal. Welcome to Newcastle, sir. May you score many important goals.