Official: Newcastle sign Roma striker Doumbia on loan

Newcastle have completed the signing of Roma striker Seydou Doumbia on loan until the end of the season.

The Ivory Coast international spent the first half of the season on loan at CSKA Moscow but joins the Magpies with a view to a permanent deal in the summer.

“I’m delighted to be a Newcastle United player,” he told the club’s official website.

“I’ve already started to prepare. I’ve arrived and I’m ready to go.

“It has always been a dream to play in the Premier League and now that dream has come true, so I’m absolutely delighted.

“I am looking forward to helping the club get some wins and climb the table.”

Steve McClaren whose side have struggled for goals this season, managing 25 in 23 Premier League games, said he was pleased to have strengthened his attack.

“It is no secret that we have been looking to add to our options in the striking area,” he explained.

“We have been searching for a forward and were delighted when the opportunity arose to take Seydou on loan.

“He is a natural goalscorer, someone who has scored goals in the Champions League and has played at the highest level. We believe he can make a mark in this team.”

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