Ivorian hitman Seydou Doumbia is being linked with a future move to Newcastle. A CSKA Moscow regular with a renowned ability for hitting the back of the net, he has attracted attention from some of the world’s biggest clubs and his stocks are rising.
This is not the first time Doumbia has reached Newcastle’s headlines. Back in September of 2012 the Magpies were said to be prepared to ‘step up their interest’ in the striker, who was being rated at £16m and was subject to explicit interest from Italian clubs Lazio and Napoli.
Now nearing a value of £20m, the Ivory Coast international remains in the peripheral vision of Newcastle United’s powers-that-be due to his consistent form and tenacity in front of goal. His outstanding agility and physical strength has likened him to fellow compatriots Didier Drogba (Galatasary) and Wilfried Bony (Swansea)who have shown that their playing style is much suited to the fast pace of the Barclay’s Premier League.
With first-team experience in the Champions League with Swiss team Young Boys and Russian giants CSKA Moscow behind his belt, the 25-year-old possesses the ability to adapt to intense heavily-spectated football with ease and score goals in the process.
However, he will not be an easy acquisition. First it was Lazio and Napoli who were after him, now the Russian media has revealed that Everton, along with Newcastle, have sent a scout to Russia to see first-hand what the forward has to offer. Interest has also been reported from clubs in the German and Russian leagues.
This interest came as no surprise to former CSKA player Rolan Gusev, who told Express.co.uk, “Of course a player like Doumbia could not fail to attract interest from Europe”. Gusev went on to coin him as “one of the leaders of the team” and gave him credit for “achieving good results”.
In fact, Doumbia’s record is evidence enough/staggering/impressive. In four years at CSKA following his £8.3m move from Young Boys in 2010, the agile attacker has found the net 57 times in 88 appearances.
CSKA Moscow has him at its disposal, on paper, until 2015. But with interest flooding in from numerous clubs across Europe and scouts positioned to watch him in action, Seydou Doumbia could well be on his way out this coming January. Fingers crossed he picks the right club.