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Newcastle face a battle to land Ivory Coast striker

Newcastle face a battle on their hands if they are to land Ivory Coast international Seydou Doumbia from CSKA Moscow, Talk Sport reports.

It is thought that it will not only take a transfer fee of £16 million to secure his services, but the Magpies will also face competition with Serie A giants Napoli and Lazio.

The Russian side could benefit from three parties being interested in one of their prized assets and they could even cash in more than their asking price.

English Premier League outfit Newcastle are set to be prepared to do all they can to land the Ivorian as manager Alan Pardew rates him very highly.

The forward netted 26 times for CSKA last campaign, which is why these three big European clubs are chasing his signature and it seems as though he is now ready to take his career to the next level.

If the North-East club can remain in the Europa League and make a push for a Champions League spot this season, then Doumbia is likely to find them a very attractive prospect.

However, both Napoli and Lazio will be very strong competition and could also offer a very good contract.

It is thought he could be moving in January, we shall see.

Thu 27 September, 2012
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