Newcastle reportedly won't sign Seydou Doumbia permanently.
According to Rome-based newspaper Il Messaggero, striker Seydou Doumbia is unlikely to stay with Newcastle beyond the end of his loan spell with the club.
Doumbia, 28, spent the first half of the season on loan at former club CSKA Moscow, hitting 11 goals in 21 games for the Russian side before heading back to parent club Roma in January.
So far, Doumbia has played just 29 minutes of first-team football for the Magpies, and has yet to start a match as he attempts to build up his fitness on Tyneside.
However, Rome-based newspaper Il Messaggero report that Doumbia is poised to return to Roma this summer, with Newcastle unlikely to make his deal permanent.
It's stated that there is a clause in the deal where, if Doumbia plays ten matches, Newcastle are contractually obliged to purchase the pacey striker for €22m (£17.4m). He now needs to play seven games to activate that alleged clause, and the Magpies have eight Premier League games left to play.
Doumbia will need quite the turnaround to activate that clause, and if reports are to be believed, Newcastle currently have no plans to keep Doumbia beyond the end of the campaign.
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