On-loan Newcastle flop's agent talks up player's talent, compares him with Hatem Ben Arfa

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Seydou Doumbia has had a disastrous time at the Magpies and is likely to move to European club this summer.

The agent of Newcastle United striker Seydou Doumbia has insisted to Tuttomercatoweb that the striker is an "instinctive" attacker with a "sensational" scoring record, and has suggested that he can replicate Hatem Ben Arfa by finding success away from St. James' Park.

Of all the Magpies' failings this season, perhaps one of the most damning was the signing of Doumbia on loan during the January transfer window.

The Ivorian, who scored 57 goals in 78 games for Swiss side Young Boys and 84 in 129 for CSKA Moscow during his career, has played less than half an hour of Premier League football since arriving at St. James' Park on 1 February.

The Tyneside club have an option in the terms of the deal to make the move permanent this summer, but that was unlikely even if the club stayed up - now that their relegation has been confirmed, it is all but impossible.

Despite Doumbia's lack of opportunities, with neither Steve McClaren nor Rafael Benitez apparently fancying him in training, the 28-year-old's agent Jean-Bernard Beytrison has high hopes for his client.

Beytrison told Tuttomercatoweb: "The transfer window will open soon. He wants to stay in Europe, that’s for sure. But he needs to play to express himself. The situation with his future must be assessed, we’ll see what happens in the coming weeks.

"There’s always contact with Roma, but the lad almost certainly won’t play in the Giallorossi shirt. Everything is possible. Look at [Hatem] Ben Arfa, he didn’t play at Newcastle and Hull City, now he’s had a world-class season with Nice.

"Doumbia needs trust, he has to play. He’s a striker who has to be let free, he can’t be tied down by tactical aspects. He’s always had a sensational scoring record throughout his career, purely because he doesn’t think about it too much. He’s an instinctive footballer, he just naturally scores a crazy amount. Now he needs consistency."

Beytrison will be delighted if Doumbia can enjoy a similar career turnaround as Ben Arfa. The Frenchman, criticised for poor form and poor fitness during his latter days on Tyneside, has blossomed since joining Nice 16 months ago.

In his first full season at the club, the 29-year-old has scored 17 goals in 36 appearances from midfield, and speculation in recent days has linked him with a move to European giants Barcelona.

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