Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Doumbia in Goals Pledge to Magpies; Doumbia: Move Is a Dream Come True

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Doumbia in Goals Pledge to Magpies; Doumbia: Move Is a Dream Come True

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Byline: Chris Waugh @CHRISDHWAUGH

SEYDOU Doumbia has promised to score the goals which will fire Newcastle United away from the Premier League relegation zone after the Magpies were thwarted in their audacious attempt to sign West Bromwich Albion forward Saido Berahino.

United tried, and ultimately failed, with a club-record PS21.2million cash bid for the 22-year-old Englishman.

Baggies' chairman Jeremy Peace stood firm to reject that offer and keep the striker at The Hawthorns for at least the next six months - denying United supporters a thrilling end to transfer deadline day.

Newcastle officials had still been confident going into the final few hours of deadline day that West Brom would be willing to agree to a compromise deal of some form yet, once it became clear the Baggies would not accept anything south of PS25million, United ended their prolonged pursuit.

Instead, the Magpies were forced to be content with four signings, three of which were permanent deals, and a Premier League-high spend of PS28.5million across the window.

Missing out on their No 1 target Berahino - who Newcastle could yet return for during the summer - ensured it was a frustrating end to what had been an encouraging and largely successful, window on the whole for the relegation-threatened club.

Though one striker fell by the wayside, another did complete a sixmonth loan deal until the end of the season, when there is an option for the move to become permanent - subject to a work permit being granted.

Ivory Coast international Doumbia - who, at the age of 28 is the oldest player United have signed in half a decade - arrives with proven goalscoring pedigree at Champions League level, if no past experience in English football.

Magpies' head coach Steve McClaren has still been impressed Turn to Page 50 FROM BACK PAGE enough by what he has seen of Doumbia to label the ex-CSKA Moscow hitman a "natural goalscorer ,and the Roma forward appears confident enough in his own ability too.

The Ivorian knows, with Alek-k sandar Mitrovic misfiring, his own strikes will prove crucial for third-bottom Newcastle over the course of the final 15 matches of the Premier League campaign. …

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