New signing Doumbia explains why he chose Newcastle United over fellow offers

Newcastle United signed Seydou Doumbia on loan.

On-loan striker Seydou Doumbia says he chose Newcastle United over other clubs in order to fulfil a childhood dream of playing in the Premier League, the Chronicle reports.

The talented forward joined Newcastle from AS Roma on loan until the end of the season, having played the first half of the campaign on loan at Russian side CSKA Moscow.

Doumbia netted 95 goals in 150 matches for CSKA over two spells, prompting plenty of interest from a number of different clubs during the recent January transfer window.

But the Ivory Coast international opted for Newcastle, explaining his decision: “I had a few offers and when I got the offer to come here to Newcastle I signed up straight away.”

“It’s my childhood dream (to play in the Premier League) and now I’m here I feel fantastic. I feel great. I’m really excited to get out there.”

“Of course I’m aware of the situation (Newcastle are in at the moment in the table). The team is going through a tough time at the moment. But these things happen in football, all teams go through that.”

“I think the most important thing for us is to stay focused on our objective, on our goal, and as I said I’ll give 110 per cent to score those goals to help us stay up.”

Newcastle currently find themselves just one place above the relegation zone with 24 points, having scored only 26 goals all season in spite of their attacking capabilities.

Doumbia’s introduction will boost their threat in front of goal, a factor which may make all the difference as they look to preserve their top-flight status come May.

Steve McClaren’s side face Chelsea away this weekend, a daunting task considering the Blues are still unbeaten in the league under temporary manager Guus Hiddink.

Doumbia has yet to feature for the Magpies, though chances are he will be involved at Stamford Bridge.

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