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Published: 15:20 | 1/2/16

Newcastle complete Doumbia deal

Striker arrives from Roma on loan

Newcastle's busy transfer window shows no signs of slowing down just yet following the signing of Ivory Coast international forward Seydou Doumbia on loan from Roma.

The deal, which is subject to international clearance, will see the 28-year-old move to St James' Park until the end of the season with an option to make the deal permanent in the summer.

Doumbia joined Roma in January last year from CSKA Moscow for a reported £10m, but made only 13 appearances before returning to his former club on loan in August.

The striker, who has scored 66 goals in 108 league games for the Russian club, is the Magpies fourth signing of a busy transfer window following the arrival of Jonjo Shelvey, Andros Townsend and Henri Saivet.

"It is no secret that we have been looking to add to our options in the striking area," Newcastle boss Steve McClaren said.

"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."

The club are also reported to have made a £21m cash offer for West Brom striker Saido Berahino, but have yet to receive a response from the Baggies board.

"I am looking forward to helping the club get some wins and climb the table," Seydou said after the deal was announced.

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