Seydou Doumbia to Newcastle: Magpies sign Roma striker on loan until end of the season

Newcastle have also been linked with moves for Saido Berahino, Loic Remy and Bafetimbi Gomis 

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

The 28-year-old Ivory Coast international has completed a medical and agreed personal terms with a view to signing a deal until the end of the season.

Doumbia joined Roma from CSKA Moscow in January last year, but made only 14 appearances, eight of them as a substitute, and scored two goals before heading back to CSKA on loan in August.

"I'm delighted to be a Newcastle United player. I've already started to prepare. I've arrived and I'm ready to go," Doumbia said.

"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."

Manager Steve McClaren said: "It is no secret that we have been looking to add to our options in the striking area. We have been searching for a forward and were delighted when the opportunity arose to take Seydou on loan."

The Newcastle head coach is desperate to add to his striking resources with the club having tabled a £21million bid for West Brom's Saido Berahino on Sunday, and there are several irons currently in the fire.

The Magpies were awaiting a formal response from the Baggies on Monday morning on what promised to be a long day with Stoke having also registered their interest and Tottenham long-time admirers.

Newcastle have also been monitoring the situations of Chelsea's Loic Remy and Swansea's Bafetimbi Gomis should their approach for Berahino come to nothing, with West Brom insisting the player is not for sale this month.