Newcastle United signing Seydou Doumbia has been quoted by The Chronicle as saying that midfielder Cheick Tiote influenced his move to St. James' Park.
Doumbia, 28, became Newcastle's fourth signing of the winter transfer window, as he penned a loan deal from Roma until the end of the season, following Henri Saivet, Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend to Tyneside.
The Ivorian international spent the first half of the season on loan at Russian side CSKA Moscow, where he hit 11 goals in 21 games before returning to Roma in January.
With great pace and a proven goalscoring record, Newcastle fans are optimistic that Doumbia can score the goals to keep the Magpies in the Premier League this season - and now, Doumbia has been speaking about his move to the North East.
Doumbia is an international team-mate of Tiote, and the duo have played plenty of games together on duty with the Ivory Coast. The striker admitted that he heard great things about Newcastle from Tiote, who claimed that St. James' Park was a 'great place to play' - and those words influenced his deadline day transfer.
"I’ve watched a lot of the games of Newcastle and also thanks to my Ivory Coast teammate Cheick Tiote I already knew a lot about Newcastle," said Doumbia. "When he (Tiote) came to play in the national team, he would tell us it’s a great place to play and you could see that he really enjoyed it, he was really happy here and he enjoyed being here and a player for Newcastle. That was something you could see in the way he was playing and in his behaviour as well," he added.
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